FAITH & RELIGION
Panchbaktar (five faces) Mahadev Mandir (temple) occupies a unique place, in Jammu, the city of temples. It is one of the oldest Shivalya in the city. Old tales and oral histories state that Adi Shankryacharya visited this site and stayed there; while some believe that it was discovered much later, during the reign of Raja Mal Dev, in early fourteenth century.
The Lingam in this temple is self manifested (Aap Shambu). The ardent followers of Lord Shiva frequently visit the religious shrine of Panchbakter temple to pay their obeisance to the Supreme Being and derive divine pleasures and eternal happiness.
The local inhabitants of Jammu and Kashmir have great faith on the ancient shrine of Panchbakhter temple. Far from the maddening crowd of the cities, the serene and calm surrounding of Panchbakhter temple fills the devotees with an intense sense of devotion towards the Eternal Being.
One can feel the divine presence of the Supreme Power in the sacred premises of Panchbakhter temple. An important religious site of Jammu and Kashmir pilgrim tourism, Panchbakter temple is one of the revered places of the state that imparts an aesthetic appeal and heavenly feeling to the entire region.
Reflecting the deep pious sentiments of the native population of Jammu and Kashmir, Panchbakhter temple symbolizes the overriding power of the Supreme Entity over the material world. This temple was also connected with Shri Amarnath Yatra in past and it was a Padayo (camp) for Sadhus visiting the Holy Cave of Shri Amarnathji. The temple of such a rare antiquity, heritage and spiritual importance, is situated in the heart of the city at Panch baktar Road, Jammu.