The uniqueness of Jammu City is that it is being called as City of Temples with great reverence. Situated at Chowk Chabutra in heart of the city is the Bhairav temple where Lord Kaal Bhairav is in the form of a natural Pindi. Batuk Bhairav Nath ji is the 5th Rudra of Lord Shiva.
Several years ago, when repair work was going on in Dhounthly Bazar, the labourers dumped the debris near a temple where the pindi of Lord Kaal Bhairav was. The same night, Kaal Bhairav appeared in the contractor’s dream and admonished him about the same. Next day they searched out the pindi from the pond and restored it to its original place. Later on a temple was built there. That is how Batuk Bhairav Nath Ji temple was built.
At present , the temple is getting famous day to day and more people are connecting with this holy place. Mahant Rumil Sharma is the sole trustee of the pracheen Shri Bhairav Mandir trust . All the progress and functions are being held under his supervision. The bhandara which was started around two decades back , has new attained the form of the biggest Bhandara of Jammu. Thousands of people from different parts of the state come here every year to participate in the annual function and seek the blessings of Lord Kaal Bhairav Ji.
This year Pooja and havan was performed at the temple on 29th November followed by a Bhandara on Novermber 30th , 2018. On the Bhandara Day, Chowk Chabutra and Dhounthly Bazar were colorfully decorated and illuminated.
Lord Kaal Bhairav Ji is also the Kul Devta of around 52 Biradaris which include Dutta, Sooden, Anand, Khukhram, Sasan etc.
Jammu, the famous City of Temples is a place with numerous spiritual places with fascinating histories.
The temple has great spiritual and historical importance for the people of Jammu. This temple is famous for worshipping Kaal Bhairava who is believed to reside in Bhrikuti (eyebrows) of Bhagwan Shiva. The twelve different forms of Bhairav are worshipped in this temple which include Batuk Bhairav ji, Prachand Bhairav Ji, Swaran Akarshan Bhairav Ji, Kaal Bhairav Ji etc. One of the innumerable places dedicated to Bhakra Ji includes the most famous temple of Kaal Bhairav Ji in Ujjain and that particular form is worshipped here in this temple. The reason behind the name of the temple is that Kaal Bhairav Ji himself appeared at this place. As per traditional beliefs, it is said that the temple was constructed about one thousand years back. Since Kaal Bhairav Ji is believed to be the God of nine planets and almost all Kul Devtas so people from different regions and castes throng this temple in large numbers to seek his blessings. As per prevalent legends, Bhairav Nath is considered as the fifth Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva. The routine of worshipping and chanting hymns are done in a particular manner. Firstly, prayer is done for Lord Shiva and then for Lord Bhairava and as the priest quotes, “In Kalyug it is obligatory to worship Bhairavnath since he is responsible for helping us to keep us safe from all the troubles.”
The traditional folklores explain that Lord Shiva had himself said that Lord Bhairava will safeguard his devotees during the Kalyug.
The ‘Bhandara’ is organised on every Sunday, Monday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Besides worshipping, sermons are given to the sufferers so that they can lead a happy and healthy life and most of the tips provided to them are akin to home remedies. The early morning visiting hours continue from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and then in the evening, it is again opened for the devotees from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Aarti is performed at 7 p.m. in the evening.