Pilgrimage in Jammu

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About Pilgrimage Tourism in Jammu

Primarily famed as home to Mata Vaishno Devi, Jammu is also dotted with a large number of Hindu temples, a few mosques, and gurudwaras that make it an unmissable pilgrimage destination in India. Jammu Region boasts mainly of ancient Hindu temples that are rich in architecture and are massive in size. There are also a number of small temples, nestled in the Himalayan mountains in Jammu that are also visited by Hindu pilgrims.

Jammu Region boasts three prime Hindu Temples for a pilgrimage tour, namely, Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra, Raghunath Temple in Jammu City and Machail Mata Temple in Paddar. The cave of Mata Vaishno Devi is undoubtedly the biggest attraction for Hindu devotees in Jammu. The Machail Mata Temple/ Mata Chandi in Paddar is the second-largest Hindu pilgrimage in Jammu. In Krimchi Village in Udhampur District is a group of temples called Krimchi Temple, which is reckoned to be the oldest Hindu temple in Jammu Region. The Udhampur city on the other side, boasts the largest ISKCON Temple in Jammu.

For Sikh pilgrimage in Jammu, there is Dera Baba Banda Bahadur. This popular gurudwara is 300 years old and is known for its 3-day annual fair on the occasion of Baishaki. For Muslim pilgrimage, there is a popular shrine of Jamia Masjid in Bhaderwah. It is the oldest mosque in the district of Doda and is considered as an excellent example of ancient regional architecture.

Top Pilgrimage Sites in Jammu Region


Jammu has many religious for Hindu devotees making it a top pilgrimage site for them. But the region is also popular amongst Muslim and Sikh devotees who throng in a large number to various gurudwaras and mosques. Some of the top religious sites in Jammu for pilgrimage are:

  • Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra
  • Mata Machail Temple in Paddar
  • Raghunath Temple in Jammu City
  • Bhairo Baba Temple in Katra
  • Nau Devi Temple in Katra
  • Sri Shiv Khori Shrine in Reasi District
  • Ranbireshwar Temple in Jammu City
  • Peer Kho Cave Temple in Jammu City
  • Bawey Wali Mata Temple in Jammu City
  • Dera Baba Banda Bahadur in Reasi District
  • Krimchi Temples in Udhampur District
  • Sudh Mahadev Temple in Udhampur District
  • ISKCON Temple in Udhampur
  • Jamia Masjid in Bhaderwah