After the super fun at Sansar, it was time to visit the Ranbireshwar temple of Jammu. Once I reached Jammu, the urban setting settled me a little and took away the brashness that I was feeling while having an attempt at the risky adventure sports. I still think in amazement that how the adrenaline junkies continue to indulge in the sports without feeling scared? The cries of some of the tourists in excitement while parasailing still reverberate in my ears and I could not help but feel a little envious of their feats.
Near the new Secretariat on Shalimar road, this temple stood looking very regal and majestic and is one of the most popular attractions of Jammu. Devotees came to this ancient shrine as a part of their pilgrimage. It was built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1883 AD. Near city chowk Jammu, it was 10 minutes away from the Raghunath temple. I had taken off my shoes as I entered the temple premise and looked ahead to a large red colored stone temple looking splendid with its unique architecture. It had the central lingam in black stone and looked about 8 feet in height. It had to be the biggest lingam in all of India. The temple had about twelve other lingams carved in crystals while thousands of other lingams set in stone slabs were believed to have been bought from the river Narmada. I could not help noticing huge images of Nandi Bull, Kartikeya and Ganesha, which looked spectacular and almost perfect in technique and design. People came from all parts of Jammu and other parts of the country to visit this holy place.
Built under the dogra rulers, the Ranbireshwar temple, Jammu blew me away in terms of the peace and sanctity and given a choice to visit Jammu again, I would definitely seek the blessings of this temple once more. But passing time forced me to take leave and head to the Bahu fort and garden in Jammu next for experiencing another page of history there. The temple left me feeling serene and thankful to all that the almighty has endowed me with.