Forts exemplify the oldness, culture of an era. The historical valued Forts are eagerly visited by the tourist to know the dynasty of every rule. Most of the Forts have been destroyed due to wars, mutinies. But, still, there are some Forts which exist as a point of remembrance about the existence of the rulers of our country. Here I am sharing some salient points about Bahu Fort from the state Jammu & Kashmir.
Bahu Fort is the oldest Fort existing in Jammu at a five km distance from the main city. The exquisite Fort was built by Raja Bahulochan about 3000 years ago. However, in the 19th century, the Fort was renovated by the Dogra Dynasty Kings. The Fort encompasses a great Hindu Temple where the Goddess Kali is worshiped as the main deity. Jammu people worship the lady goddess as their presiding deity. People call the Devi in the name of “Bawe Wali Mata”. Bahu Fort has been the popular sightseeing in Jammu.
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Do you know the fascinating story behind Bahu Fort?
We know every historical place has a history behind it. Likely, Bahu Fort also contains an appealing history behind its construction. It has been said that there was a magnificent ruler named Agnigarbha who had 18 sons. Bahu Lochan was the eldest son. One day he went to hunting with his brother Raja Jambu Lochan. They saw an incredible incident there. A Tiger and goat were drinking water in Tawai River where the goat was not attacked by the tiger. The incident made a lasting impression with Bahu and they understood the divinity of the place. Then the Lochan brothers started to construct a Fort to pacify the people.
Later in 1585, Autar Dev rebuilt the Fort. From the period onwards the Fort had met many demolitions and reconstructions from time to time. In the 19th century, Maharaja Gulab Singh built the final present structure. Maharaja Ranbir Singh again renovated the Fort during his ruling. This was the first temple constructed for tutelary deities. The Mahakali Idol present in the temple was brought from Ayodhya.
The WoW Architecture of Bahu Fort
Many tourists feel ecstatic with a beautiful terraced garden of the Fort. The garden has been designed as Mughal Garden. The Fort gives a panoramic view of the complete Jammu city to the tourists. Bahu Fort had been constructed within the solid sandstone walls. It features eight octagonal towers with enclosed spaces to house guards. The Fort is elevated to 1066 ft height, opposite to the Jammu’s old town. The sandstone walls and brick mortar give a massive look to the Fort. The main entry is to allow the elephants into the Fort. An underground chamber has been a secret exit to flee from the Fort in emergency cases. The Fort recalls the opulence of the Royal families. Since the Fort is close to the Jammu city, it has been easily accessed by everyone.
Every Tuesday and Sunday “Tawi flowing Worship” is conducted in the temple. Many pilgrims come from various states to assemble in the worship. A huge crowd occupies the temple on Navratra.
“Appu Ghar” is the tiny amusing park inside the Fort. Besides a historical place, the Fort attracts devotees at its “Bawe Wali Mata” temple.
Be at the best time
We know Jammu will always be cool throughout the year. September to April is the best season to visit the Bahu Fort. As the autumn season starts from September to November, Jammu looks adorable with plenty of fresh flowers.
What time to visit Bahu Fort?
The Fort is open at 5.00 am and closed at 10.00 pm. In the festival occasions, early openings and late closings are expected.
Nearest attraction to Bahu Fort
Mubarak Mandi Palace, Maha Laxmi Temple, Gladni Forest Complex, Chamunda Mata Mandir, Shiv Temple, Ranbireshwar Temple, Protestant Church, Bagh E Bahu.
If you visit Jammu, do not forget to reach the Ancient Bahu Fort…..
Featured Photo by Carol Mitchell