Saturday, October 22, 2011


On our way back , we spent a few hours going around Jammu. Here are the snaps of Jammu market area.
Jammu and Kashmir consists of three regions: Jammu, the Kashmir valley and Ladakh. Srinagar is the summer capital, and Jammu is the winter capital. While the Kashmir valley is famous for its beautiful mountainous landscape, Jammu's numerous shrines attract tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year. Ladakh, also known as "Little Tibet", is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and Buddhistculture.

Read more from Wikipedia here.
We visited the Raghunath(Rama) Temple at Jammu. Read more from wikipedia here. 

Camera is not allowed inside this beautiful temple for security reasons, a pity indeed. This famous temple houses a gorgeous Spatika Lingam.

When we were at this temple, a unique tamil festival of body piercing was being celebrated. This is often seen in temples of Lord Muruga during Thaipusam celebrations and Amman (Goddess Parvathi) in Tamil Nadu.

Many fanatical devotees go to such extent as to torture their bodies to appease the Lord. So, a major feature of Thaipusam celebrations is body piercing with hooks, skewers and small lances called 'vel'. Many of these devotees even pull chariots and heavy objects with hooks attached to their bodies. Many others pierce their tongue and cheek to impede speech and thereby attain full concentration on the Lord. Most devotees enter into a trance during such piercing due to the incessant drumming and chanting of "vel vel shakti vel."

Read more here regarding Thaipusam and body piercing.

Photos and Videos of people pulling cars and carts with the hooks pierced into their body (back) can be seen below.

A walk down the main market

Pity they don't allow cameras inside the temple premises..Radgunath temple seen from the road.

Kashmir is famous for woolen goods

All sorts of nuts will make you go nuts..!

It is not all silks and nuts..!

I can't say, I enjoyed watching these..but these are unique and I wondered at the power of human belief..!

Goddess on the chariot..!

PHOTO STORY (with some music..!)

Full Set of PHOTOS