Raghunath temple is located in the centre of the Jammu city. This temple has about 7 Shikharas, these Shikharas are gold plated from inside from three sides. Rama is considered as the 8th manifestation of Lord Vishnu. The cluster of Raghunath temple makes it the largest temple of Jammu in North India. The construction of the Raghunath temple had began in the year 1835 by the famous maharaja of Jammu & Kashmir Gulab Singh.
This construction was completed by his son Maharaja Rambir Singh in the year 1860. The Raghunath temple is surrounded by many other temples which are devoted to other gods and goddess which are connected to the epic of Ramayana. There is a picture of the Maharaja Rambir Singh and an image of the Lord Hanuman which are the main attraction of this temple.
The middle shikhara is dedicated to the powerful idol of Lord Rama. Besides with the main shikhara, the other 6 shikharas include the various forms of Lord Vishnu. There is also another notable holy place that is of Lord Surya, it has different appearances of Lord. There are many images of different gods and goddess inside the temple which holds gigantic statutes. There is a huge gallery in the temple which has various Lingams and saligrams inside the temple.
There are sculptures of Hindu gods on the walls of the temple. The arches and designs of the temple are shown in the Mughal influence. There is a very famous Sanskrit library in the temple campus here there are numerous, rare manuscripts.
There are two aarti conducted every day in the Raghunath temple one in the morning and other in the evening. People usually visit this temple during the time of aarti as they get the honor to attain the aarti. There are many local vendors selling items such as coconut, sweets, flowers and sainted sticks offered in front of the Lord. It is believed that all the wishes are fulfilled here by the grace of the Lord Rama. He fulfills all the wishes of a true devote.
The Raghunath temple went under a disaster terror attack in the year 2002 while the devotees were performing pooja in the temple. There were about 2 suicide bombers whoentered the temple and blast the temple. In this blast there were 13 people who lost their lives and several people who were injured severally. Since then this temple is under protection for security reasons.
Amongst the temples in Jammu, the Raghunath Mandir dedicated to Lord Rama, takes pride of the place, being situated right in the heart of Jammu. The temple has seven shrines, with god-plated interiors. The most important houses the Dogra's patron deity, Rama, Vishnu's eighth incarnation. The cluster of temples makes it the largest temple complex in Northern India. The inner sanctums of the temples contain gigantic statues of Gods and Goddesses and numerous 'lingams'. It contains representatives of almost the entire Hindu Pantheon, which makes it a rare sight to see. The inner walls of the main temple are covered with gold sheet on three sides. There are many galleries with lakhs of 'Saligrams'. The surrounding Temples are dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses connected with the epic Ramayana.The arches and architectural details show Mughal influence. Morning and evening aartis are ritually attended and there is also a stone lingam here and in the other shrines, for this is a center for Shakti worship. A portrait of Ranbir Singh, the temple patron and a sculpture of Hanuman are at the entrance. The other shrines have images of Vishnu in various incarnations, Siva and Surya. The Sanskrit Library here contains numerous rare manuscripts.Work on the temple was started by Maharaja Gulab Singh, founder of the Kingdom of Jammu and Kashmir in 1835 AD and was completed by his son Maharaja Ranbir Singh 1860 AD.