Perhaps no other city deserves the epithet "City of Temples" than Jammu. Amongst the large number of temples scattered around various parts of the town, an important one is the Peer Kho Temple. Located at a distance of about 3.5 km from the center of the city, the exact positioning of the Peer Kho Temple is in a cave on Circular Road. For this reason, it is popularly referred to as the Peer Kho Cave Temple as well. Igneous rocks and acacia forests serve as the backdrop to this Cave Temple.
The Peer Kho Temple presently comprises two caves. These caves are at a depth of about 20 to 30 feet from the ground level of the temple complex. A flight of marble steps leads you to the first cave. It is not possible to cross the cave without bending. One has to stoop to cover this 15 feet long and three feet-wide cave. There is an enormous cave at the end of this cave tunnel. The naturally formed black-colored Shiva Lingam is the focal point of this pentagonal cave which is 12 feet in height. This makes it possible for devotees to stand comfortably within the interiors of this particular cave to offer their prayers.
Timing of Peer Kho Temple: 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Legend of Peer Kho Temple
Even though several famous legends are linked to the temple, the antiquity of the Peer Kho Temple cannot yet be dated with certainty. However, some consider it the oldest historical place in the Shivalik region. The story even goes that Jamvant, the bear God from the famous epic Ramayana, meditated in this temple. This is why it is also known as the Jamawant Cave. Therefore, we can only rely on local legends and mythical stories if we want to trace the history of Peer Kho Temple.
There are no specific reasons behind the construction of the temple either. However, it is widely accepted that a Shiva Lingam was formed naturally in the cave, and the people of Jammu started worshipping it ardently with a lot of reverence. Another exciting part is that some even believe that the cave does not just lead to other caves but parts outside the country.
The Architecture of Peer Kho Temple
Peer Kho Cave Temple in Jammu has an enormous courtyard with an ensemble of 3 shikharas. In which two places on the left side and the single one of places on the right side. These shikaras are blessed with a mix of modern and ancient designs, and the stairs have marble flooring. In addition, the temple has a long verandah and is decorated with marble flooring.
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