Sunday, September 4, 2011

Gadadhar Temple, Jammu




In the post 'The Romantic Kashmir, 1906', I identified the below given image from 1945 as that of Gadhadhar Temple Srinagar.

The Gadhadhar Temple in Srinagar actually looks like this back in 1906:



I assumed that in next couple of decades it may have changed a bit. So made a connection between an unidentifiable location and an identifiable location. It turns out I was wrong.

Man Mohan Munshi Ji pointed out the mistake. Gadhadhar Temple in Srinagar still looks pretty much the same. The discussion lead me to an interesting fact that there is in fact a Gadhadhar Temple in Jammu too. It seems Dogras built twin temples separated by geographical locations and just next to their two seats of power.

The following photographs and description were sent by Man Mohan Munshi Ji of Gadadhar temple in Jammu.





View of Gadadhar Temple Jammu from the south-western gate of Mubarak Mandi . (old Secretariat). Temple is located on the first floor and ground floor houses some shops and offices.




Front view of the Gadadhar temple on the first floor

 Statue of the deity inside the temple, note the Gadha in the hand of the deity

The filled up tank in front of the temple used by Dewan Badrinath School as play ground.
Note the western gate of the old Secretariat Jammu on the right side
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Update: I now believe the original image to be of a Jain temple in Calcutta. Check original post (Kashmir in 1945) for updates.

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