The historical Raghunath Bazaar, is the leading market place of Jammu city, which serves as a symbol of spiritual and cultural heritage of Jammu. The bazaar, which is now 159 years old, has developed gradually, commencing with the building of Shree Raghunath Ji temple by the Dogra rulers of J&K State. To start with, only a few shops selling pooja (Prasad) came up in the premises attached with temple.
The Dogra rulers coming to Shree Raghunath Ji temple for paying their obeisance to Bhagwan Shree Ram Ji at the Shree Raghunath Darbar in the temple as well as other gods and goddess, used this path way of Raghunath Bazaar to the temple. Similarly, many godly people, saints and sadus as well as other religious minded people used this route to the temple. More and more shops catering to different needs of the people started coming up on this path way. In a short span of time, it developed into a regular bazaar and ultimately became the leading market place of the city, popularly known as Raghunath Bazaar.
The Historical Raghunath Bazar is being developed by the Government also to beautify it at an expense of Rs.6.67 Crores sanctioned from year 2009 onwards.
Shree Raghunath Mandirs Background
The construction of Shree Raghunath Ji temple,at the site, has its own legendry and historical background. The legend goes that at this site a lightning and historical background. The legend goes that at this site a lightning fire appeared constantly, giving the hint of some mysterious Hawan Kund. The site was selected by Maharaja Gulab Singh, the first Dogra ruler of J&K, for building a magnificant temple, dedicated to Baghwan Shree Ram Ji, to whose lineage the Dogra rulers claimed themselves to be. The foundation stone for the temple was laid by Maharaja Gulab Singh, but the same was got constructed by his successor, Maharaja Ranbir Singh. Besides having idols of several gods and goddess, the Shree Raghunath temple has the distinction to be abode of 33 Crores Devi Devtas.
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