Oct 29, 2016
Jammu, a land of religious faith and spirituality is visible through the profusion of temples present in the city. Temples vary in architectural features and significance in people's lives, each one of them having a different influence.
History of the temple
The Mahamaya temple was built along with the Bahu Fort temple and as per the legends; both these temples were at same place under King Harishchandra's rule.
The traditional legends state that about 14 centuries ago, there used to be a fearless female warrior, Mahamaya who was known for her valour. She was a celebrated person at that time as she saved her state from the foreign invaders.
Some elderly people tell that owing to the natural calamities like earthquake, both these temples got separate. The history of Mahamaya temple claims that Maharani Tara used to visit this temple quite often and the idea of constructing this temple was conceived under Maharaja Gulab Singh's reign. Once the king saw "Mata Mahamaya" in his dream, ordering him to construct the temple in the forests of Tara Nagri so the very next morning, king delegated the orders and the foundation stone for the temple was laid.
The temple is about 1.5 km away from the national highway in Sidhra area. The locals hold the belief that these forests of Tara Nagri were once called Babpur but with time, the name was changed. The temple stands tall at the top of a mountain. With an exceptionally awesome background, the temple looks magnificent. In the beginning, a small temple was constructed but when the place got popular among local people, the management decided to extend and restructure the whole place. Following which, a very beautiful garden was created to allure the devotees. The rest of the area surrounding the temple is under the control of Forest department.
It is told that once when excavation was done at this place, the archaeologists found many old utensils and related things which gave a clear indication that in olden days, this place must have been a prominent territory. Some even relate the findings to the earthquake legend associated with the temple.
The priest of the temple states that the devotees visit this temple regularly but the numbers surge during festivals like during Navratras. One major problem which he spoke about was the road connectivity; he said that people do not prefer visiting this place quite often as no public transport is available for this route. The much talked about cable car project did raise the hopes but even that project is going on at snail's pace. The temple management expects the government to provide proper road connectivity to this place so that people can visit and know about this beautiful heritage.