Raghunath Temple

Raghunath Temple consists of a complex of seven Hindu shrines, each with its own Shikhara. It is one of the largest temple complexes of north India.

Raghunath Temple

Raghunath Temple consists of a complex of seven Hindu shrines, each with its own Shikhara. It is one of the largest temple complexes of north India. It is located in Jammu in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Raghunath Temple consists of a complex of seven Hindu shrines, each with its own Shikhara. It is one of the largest temple complexes of north India. It is located in Jammu in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple was built during the period 1822–1860 by Maharaja Gulab Singh and his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh of the Jamwal Rajput clan. The temple has many gods in its complex of shrines, but the presiding deity is Rama, an Avatar of Vishnu. The Mughal architectural influence is seen in all the spiral shaped towers which have gold plated spires, except the tower over the main shrine which is said to be in Sikh architectural style. The niches in the walls of the shrines are decorated with 300 well crafted images of deities. The paintings in the 15 panels of the main shrine are based on themes from Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Bhagavad Gita.

The temple was also in the news during 2002 when suicide bombers Fidayeen of the Lashkar-e-Toiba attacked it twice with grenades and indulged in indiscriminate firing which resulted in death of many devotees and also in injuries to many people.

Shree Raghunath Mandirs Background

The construction of Shree Raghunath Ji temple,at the site, has its own legendry and historical background. The legend goes that at this site a lightning and historical background. The legend goes that at this site a lightning fire appeared constantly, giving the hint of some mysterious Hawan Kund. The site was selected by Maharaja Gulab Singh, the first Dogra ruler of J&K, for building a magnificant temple, dedicated to Baghwan Shree Ram Ji, to whose lineage the Dogra rulers claimed themselves to be. The foundation stone for the temple was laid by Maharaja Gulab Singh, but the same was got constructed by his successor, Maharaja Ranbir Singh. Besides having idols of several gods and goddess, the Shree Raghunath temple has the distinction to be abode of 33 Crores Devi Devtas.

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