Bawe wali mata temple is built inside bahu fort which is located in Jammu city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated on the left bank of river Tawi. The fort was built by king Bahu lochan around 3000 years back.
Bawe Wali Mata mandir is dedicated to goddess Kali who is Jammu’s presiding deity. It is also known as the temple of Mahakali Goddess and is considered second only to Mata Vaishno Devi. No one can really imagine, on looking at the fort; the wars fought, the invasions done and the grandeur of the Royal families that once presided here. Today the fort is surrounded with beautiful terraced gardens, which is a favorite picnic spot of the city folks. An aquarium, home to variant species of fishes is also an added tourist attraction.
History of Bahu Fort
The temple is believed to have been built during 8th century in 1822, a little after Maharaja Gulab Singh came to power. According to the folklore, it is believed that Goddess Kali appeared in the dreams of Pt. Jagat Ram Sharma around 300 years back. The goddess informed him about her appearance in the form of a Pindi or stone buried on the hill top. When he searched there, he found a black stone which is considered as a symbol of Goddess. It is also believed that the temple was built in 8th century. The idol of Goddess is made of white marble and is placed on 1.2 meter high podium. The temple was renovated so it appears to be a new temple. There was a tradition of sacrificing animals to the Goddess earlier but nowadays temple priest perform a few rituals and sprinkle holy water over a sheep or goat before setting it free as a symbolic rendition of the sacrifice. This ritual is known as ‘Shilly Charana’. Devotees offer sweets, puddings, garlands, cash etc. Every day at morning many local girls visit the temple. They are worshiped by the pilgrims and devotees as Kanjaks and are offered money, sweets, bangles and pieces of cloth known as chunnis. It is believed that no devotee who ever enters this temple with a wish leaves without his prayers unanswered. It is one of the oldest temples in India which traces back its origin to 3400 BC.
Facts about Bawe Wali Mata (bahu fort)
- The people of Jammu have a strong belief that goddess Kali who resides in this temple protects Jammu from Pakistani air attacks.
- When Amir Timur attacked Jammu during 14th century AD, the Bahu fort and the temple existed at that time as has been mentioned in his autobiography, known as Malfuzat-I-Timuri.
- The black stone that is symbolic of the goddess is said to have been got from Ayodhya by the kings belonging to the solar dynasty, Raja Bahu Lochan and Raja Jambu Lochan much before the temple was constructed.
Pictures of Bawe Wali Mata
Below is a gallery of Bawe Wali Mata that reflect the grandeur of this place.
Best Time to Visit
The climate of Jammu always remains pleasant throughout the year. Ideally the best time to visit Jammu is between October and April. Twice a year, during the Navaratri in March or April and September or October, the temple erupts in festivities celebrating the Hindu festival, “Bahu Mela”. The festival attracts a huge number of pilgrims and visitors to both the fort and the shrine inside the fort’s premises. Tuesdays and Sundays are considered to be even more auspicious days for worship at the temple.
Location of Bawe Wali Mata
Timing of Bawe Wali Mata
Opening time: 5:00 AM
Closing time: 10:00 PM
Nearby famous places
Appu Ghar – Amusement Park inside the Fort
Underground Fish Aquarium
Peer Baba Dargah
Address of Bawe Wali Mata(Bagh-E-Bahu Garden)
Bahu Fort, Jammu (left banks of River Tawi), Jammu and Kashmir 180006, India.
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