Panjbakhtar Temple

The Panjbakhtar Temple, which is tucked away in the lovely Jammu district, is a symbol of the area's rich cultural legacy and history. This historic temple, which dates back centuries, is revered in Hindu mythology and folklore. The Panjvaktra Mahadev Temple, also called Panjbakhtar Mandair, is among the oldest temples where the Aap Shambhu (self-manifest form) of the lingam is seen. Jammu is a highly revered shrine; it is also referred to as “Shivalays” and “Rupaiye Wala Mandir.” This ancient Shiva temple is situated at Panjbakhtar Road, which connects Kanak Mandi and Residency Road in the centre of Jammu. According to local legends, Adi Shankracharya and Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited the temple. Some say it was discovered in the early 14th century during Raja Mal Dev's reign. Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited in 1514 during his second Udasi, staying for three days. Raja Khokhar Dev sought his blessings, and Guru Nanak Dev Ji advised him on righteous governance, emphasising justice, happiness for subjects, and devotion to God. Guru Nanak Dev Ji predicted his rule would extend for 22 generations if governed with compassion and justice. There is a ber tree, and it is said that beneath it the discourse is said to have been delivered. The tree is highly revered, and it still stands and blooms year-round. A painting on the temple wall also depicts this episode of the royal visit and Guru Nanak's sermon beneath this "Ber tree.” According to the 'Shiva Rahasya,' Panjbakhtar, or the five-faced Lord Shiva, is believed to be the prime cause of creation. Representing Rudra, Aghora, Vamdeva, Tat Purusha, and Ishana, these aspects also symbolise the five elements. Worship of Panchmukhi Mahadev has been practised in the Jammu region since ancient times. According to old records, the temple was once known as 'Samadhi Muth' due to numerous Samadhis of past Mahants. The oldest Samadhi belongs to a Naga Baba from Dashnami Akhara, sitting in Zinda Samadhi here around a thousand years ago. These Samadhis, also called Sanyasi Dehris, are revered by devotees.

  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year (In Summers the place can be explored in the morning or evening). On Shivratri when a mela is organised in the vicinity of the temple.
  • Ideal Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Distance From Airport: The nearest airport is in Jammu which is 7 kms away.
  • Distance From Railway Station: The nearest railway station is in Jammu which is 5 kms away.
  • Distance From Road: It lies in the centre of main town of Jammu.
  • Travel Tips: Offer prayers, attend aarti and explore the surrounding areas.
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