Panchbakhtar Temple, oldest Shiva temple of Jammu region
Nov 19, 2016
Panchbakhtar Temple, famously known by the name of Rupaiye Wala Mandir is considered as one of the oldest Hindu temples present in the city. The temple is believed to be quite rare in architecture and holds immense heritage and spiritual importance for the people of the State.
The temple is situated in the heart of the city and stretches at about twenty five kanals near Panchvaktar Mahadev Road, Jammu. Panchbakhtar Temple, one of the oldest Shiva temples in Jammu region has self-manifested lingam inside it. The temple is situated in an urban location surrounded by shopping complexes and hotels but the temple provides a different place to attain calm.
The traditional folklores tell that it was earlier famous as Dashnam Akhara and had a deep connection with Amar Nath Yatra. Analysing semantics reveals that Panchvaktar refers to ‘five faces'. It is being told that Adi Shankryacharya visited this site once and stayed here for a while. Few others are of the opinion that this place was discovered much later in early fourteenth century under the reign of Raja Mal Dev.
The temple houses a "Shivling" made up of silver which represents Lord Shiva. Since this temple is also known by the name of "Rupaiye Wala Mandir" so the floor of the temple is engraved with coins which were used during the British India. "Samadhi" of the first priest of the temple is also present inside the temple. Trees present inside the temple are believed to be there since ages and as a symbol of belief, several bronze bells are tied to the trees. In order to give proper support to these trees, iron beams have also been used.
Many interesting elements exist inside the premises of the temple. One of these elements includes "Havan Kund", a place specifically reserved for performing religious ceremonies. Then, a great bath, fodder machine and Goshala are also kept in the temple. The bath resembles to one of those baths found in Harappa and Mohen jo Daro times i.e., during the ancient Indus valley civilizations.
People living in the vicinity are of the opinion that with time heritage places are getting overlooked and ignored so in order to keep our heritage alive, one must visit these places along with their families and narrate stories to build a connection with the land.