Mahabilvakeshwar Temple

Mahabilvakeshwar Temple, also known as HariHara Temple, is a revered site located in the Kathua district of Jammu. This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is an important spiritual destination for devotees. The temple’s architecture is a fine example of traditional Indian temple design, with intricately carved stone walls and a peaceful ambiance. Adjacent to the temple is the Bhinni River, which is a tributary of the Ujh River. Surprisingly, the Archaeological Department has concluded that this temple is actually much older than its construction date of the 10th century based on the stones and architectural motifs. This temple is said to have been constructed by the formidable Babruvahana, son of Arjuna. There are stories that this area once had a dense forest full of Bael (Bilwa) trees. The departing Pandavas decided to spend their last days of banishment performing tapah, or penance and austerities, in order to win Lord Mahadev's blessings after learning that this place was sacred. Even though the temple has sustained significant damage, its exterior and interior surfaces still exhibit their magnificent architecture and intricate decoration. Built as a navaratha on a plinth, the temple has a garbhgriha, antarala, and mandapa that are typical of the northern Indian style. Situated on a square-shaped platform, the temple's sanctum rises to a height of sixty feet. The temple houses a five-headed statue of Shiva in addition to idols of the Hindu gods Ganesha, Brahma, Bhairava, and Vishnu. Exploring the Mahabilwakeshwar Temple provides an opportunity to learn about Jammu's rich religious and cultural legacy. The temple is a symbol of the area's architectural and historical heritage in addition to being a place of worship. The temple promises a unique and enlightening experience, regardless of your traveller status—devotee, history buff, or just curious.

  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
  • Ideal Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Distance From Airport: The nearest airport is in Jammu which is 116 kms away
  • Distance From Railway Station: The nearest airport is in Jammu which is 116 kms away
  • Distance From Road: It is situated 119 kms away Jammu and 71 kms away from Kathua
  • Travel Tips: Offer prayers, explore the temple premises, visit nearby rivers and photography
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