Spiritual Places of Jammu & Kashmir

On this hill is the temple of Sharika Devi, believed to be a form of Durga Mata or Shakti. Past Ganderbal, is the most important pilgrim place in Kashmir, the only exception being Amarnath cave. This is the temple and spring of Tulla Mulla, the local name of the Goddess Raginia, believed to be another form of Durga Mata. The temple-spring complex is affectionately known as Kheer Bhavani because of the thousands of devotees who have offered milk and 'kheer' to the sacred spring, which magically changes colour, turning black when warning of disaster.

Amarnath Yatra

Location: 145 kilometers from Srinagar.
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
Get There: Srinagar is the nearest airport which is 145 kilometers far from the cave.
Best Time to Visit: July to August

The Amarnath is the most popular spiritual place of India which is over all dedicated to God Shiva. The Cave of Lord Shiva is situated at the altitude of 3,888 meters, 141 kilometers from Srinagar, capital of Jammu & Kashmir. This shrine is surrounded by snowy hills. Mainly the tourists go to the Darshan of ice Shiva Lingam along with two other ice formation representing Shri Ganesh and Mata Parvati. The devotees can go there from road and Helicopters both. Around 150,000 pilgrims undertake the Amarnath Yatra every year. The Amarnath Yatra is not an easy Trek due to difficult weather condition. The devotees cannot go after the month of August.

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine (Jammu)

Location: 14 Kilometers from Katra, Jammu & Kashmir.
Dedicated To: Mata Vaishno Devi
Famous Festival: Navaratri
Get There: The nearest Jammu airport is 48km from Katra. Jammu Tavi is the nearest railway station.
Best Time to Visit: March to April and September to October

The Mata Vaishno Devi temple is the oldest and popular pilgrim of the India which is situated in the northern India, Jammu & Kashmir, state of Srinagar. It is located on the altitude of 5200 feet at the Trikuta Mountain. Ban Ganga, Charan Paduka temple, Ardh Kumari temple etc are more attractions for pilgrims. After a steep height of about 4 Kms from Adkuwari the fourth and last stop is Sanjichat. The Sanjichat is the highest place in the track. One can enjoy the aerial view of Katra, Udhampur, Reasi and Jammu. There is an ISKCON temple in Katra. It is located at the Kalka Mata Mandir, opposite the petrol pump.

Sudh Mahadev Temple (Jammu)

Location: near Patnitop, 120 kilometers from Jammu
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
Famous Festival: Sawan Festival(3 day festival)
Get There: Jammu is the nearest Railway station and Airport.
Best Time to Visit: October to April

The Sudh Mahadev Temple is the 28000 years old temple of India with a natural black marble Lingam. This holy temple is located near the Patnitop which is situated as an altitude of 1225m. Pilgrims visit the shrine on Historic Sudhmahadev 3 day Festival (Mela) on the full moon night of 'Sawan' (June -July) to worship the Trident (Trishul) and a mace. Sudh Mahadev Shool Paneeswar is a small temple supposed to be 1000 years old. However, the current building of the temple was built around 100 years back. The statue in the main shrine is that Lord Shiva with his consort Parvati and son Ganesha. Gauri Kund, Mantalai, Nandini wildlife sanctuary are the other tourist attractions around this temple.

Shankaracharya Temple (Srinagar)

Location: Takht-e-Suleiman Hill, Srinagar district
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
Built In: 371 BC
Built By: Raja Gopadatya
Famous Festival: Shivaratri
Get There: Getting to Srinagar by road is made easier by the National Highway 1-A which connects Srinagar with Jammu. Srinagar is the nearest airport and Jammu is the nearest Railway Station.
Best Time to Visit: October to April

This is the most famous Temple by its superb architectural design. A high octagonal stage supports the temple, approached by a flight of approximately hundred steps. The sidewalls of the steps once bore some valuable inscriptions. It is located at the height of 1100 ft of the surface level. The temple is approachable by taxis and buses. Rozabal shrine is a nearby attraction to visit. The main shrine is in the shape of a circular chamber and provides a breathtaking view of the valley. When the temple got damaged in an earthquake, the second repairs were done by Zain-ul-Abideen, under the rule of Sheikh Mohi-ud-Din.

Rani Mandir at Gulmarg

Location: Baramula district, Gulmarg, Srinagar
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
Built By: Mohini Bai Sisodhia
Get There: The nearest airport is near to Badgam district which is well connected to all major cities. The Nearest Railway station is Jammu.
Famous Festival: Navaratri
Best Time to Visit: October to April

This temple is situated in the small hillock at the center of Gulmarg. The distinctive thing about this temple is fact that it can be seen for all corners of Gulmarg. When the last Dogra king was spending his time in Gulmarg in his royal palace and his queen used to come here to worship Lord Shiva. In fact she stayed here for month to worship the Lord Shiva then is called the Rani Temple.

Hazratbal Shrine (Muslim Shrine)

Location: Left bank of famous Dal Lake, Badnam district, Srinagar
Dedicated To: Daragh Sharif
Built In: 17th Century
Get There: Nearest railway station Hazratbal lies at a distance of 300 km in Jammu and closest airport is also.
Best Time to Visit: All year round

Some of the other names of the Hazratbal mosque are Assar-e-Sharief, Madinat-us-Sani and Dargah Sharif which is situated in the Srinagar, 7 Kilometers from the Lal Chowk. Facing the stunning Nishat Bagh, the mosque offers a spectacular view of the lake and the mountain far afield. It is the most famous shrine of Muslims. The current architecture of Hazratbal which consists of marble construction was carried out by the Muslim Auqaf Trust from the year 1968 to 1979. It is also referred as Dargah Sharief, Dargah, Assar-e-Sharief and Madinat-us- Sani. The name of the shrine comes from the Arabic word Hazrat, meaning holy or majestic.
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