Gauri Shankar Temple/Sarkoot-Mandir

Situated in Jammu's Kishtwar district, Gauri Shankar Temple holds great cultural and historical significance. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, also known as Shankar and Gauri, are honored in this old temple. Attracting both pilgrims and tourists, the temple is a testament to the rich spiritual heritage of the area. The Gauri Shankar Mandir is the oldest Hindu temple situated in the Kishtwar region. The temple plays a pivotal role in the history of the area. Another name for this temple is Sarkoot-Mandir. Because of the outstanding ancient architecture, this temple has a very aesthetically pleasing appearance. It is possible to find idols of many Gods and Goddesses, including Maa Sita, Shri Laxman Ji, Shri Hanuman Ji, Maa Durga, Shri Ganesh, and Shri Dharamraj, in addition to Shiv Parvati. On the grounds of the temple are also shiv lings of various sizes that are thought to have been built at various points in history. The Samadhi (tomb) of Saint Shri Tulsi Giri Ji Maharaj and a sizable Hom-Kund are located to the left of this temple. Sarkoot Dal, a charming little lake in front of the temple, adds an intriguing charm to the location. Immediately next to the temple is a lovely park where visitors can take a seat, unwind, and take in the surrounding scenery. At the temple location, processions are held on the holy days of Janam Ashtami. The temple is well-known throughout the nation, and pilgrims visit it year-round from all over the world. The location of Gauri Shankar Temple is among its most alluring features. The temple, which is tucked away in Kishtwar's idyllic surroundings, provides breathtaking views of the nearby valleys and mountains. The calm setting heightens visitors' spiritual experience, making it an ideal location for introspection and meditation.

  • Best Time to Visit: March to November (It snows heavily in winter)
  • Ideal Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Distance From Airport: The nearest airport is in Jammu which is 218 kms away
  • Distance From Railway Station: The nearest railway station is in Udhampur which is 149 kms away
  • Distance From Road: It is situated 212 kms away Jammu
  • Travel Tips: Temple tour, nature walks, photography and visit nearby attractions
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