Monday, 28 January 2013

A Divine Transformation at Temples of Jammu Kashmir

Endued with myriad tourist attractions, the state of Jammu and Kashmir boasts of its pilgrimage tour. It has innumerable religious spots and sacred sites that make it a popular destination for devotees as well as tourists. Some major temples in Jammu & Kashmir include Vaishno Devi, Amarnath Temple, Shankaracharya Temple and Sudh Mahadev Temple.

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is home to many temples, which are internationally renowned. Various temples and shrines with 'Shikhars', touching the sky create an ambience of a tranquil destination.

Major temples of Jammu Kashmir include:

Vaishno Devi
Snuggled in the ranges of the majestic Trikuta mountain, the cave shrine is known for fulfilling the wishes of people. Since time immemorial, millions of devotees have been visiting the destination. It is a holy cave shrine that lies at an elevation of over 5000 feet. The cave houses ancient images of the three deities, the Mahakali, Mahasaraswati and Mahalakshmi. People from different faith, creed and religions visit the shrine year after year to pay their obeisance.

Amarnath Temple
Amarnath Temple
This famous cave temple in Jammu & Kashmir is home to one of the holy trinity, Lord Shiva. It lies at an elevation of 12,760 feet above sea level. The holy cave of Amarnath belongs to some interesting legends, which tell that Lord Shiva shared the secret of creation and eternity to His consort Goddess Parvati at this place. A dove couple secretly heard their conversation and they learned the secret as well. They reborn and made the cave their eternal abode.

Raghunath Temple
Lies in the centre of Jammu, the majestic Raghunath temple is a famous attraction of the destination. It is enveloped with other temples, which are dedicated to the various gods of the Hindu mythology. Constructed in the 19th century by the Dogra rulers, the temple boasts of its magnificent architecture. Its gold leaf interiors makes it an important part of Jammu Kashmir temples tour.

Shankaracharya Temple
Tourists can take a stroll to Shankaracharya Temple, which adds popularity to Kashmir tourism. It is among the most revered destinations of Hindu pilgrimage. Lies atop the hills, the temple positions itself at an elevation of 1100 feet above the Srinagar city. Devoted to Lord Shiva, the temple was known as Gopadri.

Shankaracharya Temple
Sudh Mahadev Temple
A famous temple of Jammu Kashmir Temple Tour, Sudh Mahadev shelters a natural black marble Lingam. Lies at an elevation of 1225 m, this sacred shrine has a spring, called Pap Nashni Bowli. People believe that taking bath in the spring exempts you from all sins. After taking bath, devotees proceed to the sacred temple of Lord Shiva.

Ranbireshwar Temple
Built by Raja Ranbir Sings, it is another well-known temple in Jammu, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple houses the 12 Shiva lingams of crystal and galleries with various saligrams, installed on stone slabs. It offers a spectacular view of the deserted forested hills.

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