The specialty of Jammu city is that it is called as City of Temples. Situated at Chowk Chabutra in the heart of Jammu 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 debris was dumped near the temple where the pindi of Lord Kaal Bhairav existed. The labourers threw debris into the pond by mistake. The same night, Kaal Bhairav appeared in the contractor’s dream. Next day he searched out the pindi from the pond and restored to its original place. Also , a temple was built there later. That is how Batuk Bhairav Nath Ji temple was built.
Presently, 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 first around two decades back , has new attained the form of the biggest Bhandara 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 will be performed at the temple on Shri Kaal Bhairav Adhtami on 20th November followed by a the Bhandara on Novermber 20th , 2019. On the Bhandara Day, Chowk Chabutra and Dhounthly Bazar are colourfully decorated and illuminated.
Lord Kaal Bhairav Ji is also the Kul Devta of around 52 Biradari’s which include Dutta, Soodan, Anand, Khukhram, Sasan etc.
Jammu the famous City of temples is a place with numerous spiritual places with fascinating histories.
Today we take a religious trip to Bhairav Mandir, Chowk Chabutra, the only Bhairav temple in the city. The old history of the temple is depicted by the architecture and idols of the temple.
The temple presents a great spiritual and historical importance for the people of Jammu. Read to know more about its history. History of the temple Bhairav Mandir comes under Shri Bhairav Mandir Trust and the temple is maintained by the sole trustee, Pandit Rumil Sharma who is also the head priest of the Bhairav temple, Chowk Chabutra. 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 includes 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 which is in Ujjain and that particular form is worshipped here in Bhairav Mandir. 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 100 decades back. Since Kaal Bhairav Ji is believed to be the God of nine planets and all almost all Kul Devtas so people from different regions and castes throng this temple in large numbers to seek blessings from Bhairavnath. 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 was obligatory to worship Bhairavnath since he is solely 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. Every year, mass bhandaras are organised by the people at Bhairav temple, Chowk Chabutra. The devotees themselves make arrangements to seek blessings from God. Special stalls of different items are arranged by the devotees and exclusive stalls for children are also arranged where they can enjoy jellies, chocolates, toffees etc. Donations People who are willing make donations are advised to buy essential items for the temple instead of paying in cash.