Timings : 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Time Required : 2-3 hrs
Entry Fee : Adult: INR 10,
Child: INR 5
Jammu city is referred to as the Gateway to Heaven, and the impeccable beauty and magnificence of the Bahu Fort surely stand to be a significant contributing factor. Located only 5 km from the central part of the city, the Bahu Fort stands tall and sturdy on the left bank of the Tawi River. Raja Bahucholan constructed this magnificent fort over 3000 years ago, making it one of the oldest monument in the city. The Dogra rulers then made some restorations and renovations to the fort and extended its reach.
Legend says that the construction of the city of Jammu itself and that of the Bahu Fort are connected and are mutually inclusive events. Raja Jambu Lochan, then reigning king of the region, went on a hunting trip. This trip is where history was made for the city because, during this journey, the Raja witnessed a very curious and mind-boggling event- he saw a tiger and a goat drinking water by the Tawi River; side by side, together, calmly and peacefully, without the slightest attempt of attack by the tiger. He thought to himself that undoubtedly this was a divine location and decided to establish his new capital here - a place that signified peaceful coexistence. Later, his brother, Bahu Lochan, built the mighty Bahu Fort here.
This fort is also famous for its Goddess Kali temple. The people of Jammu worship Goddess Kali, a reincarnation of Goddess Parvati and a potent symbol of motherly love enhanced by insurmountable feminine energy. Inside the Bahu Fort is a temple dedicated to the great Goddess Kali. The locals often refer to this temple as Bave Wali Mata Temple.
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