(Last Updated on : 10/10/2014)
Bahu fort is mainly known as one of the historical sights in Jammu city. It also gains a lot of popularity for the ancient Kali Temple which is located inside the Bahu Fort. This temple is usually known as Bhave Wali Mata Ka Mandir which is dedicated to Goddess Kali
who is the presiding deity of Jammu. The fort according to the legends was built to highlight peaceful co-existence and mutual living among all the sections of people. It is believed that Raja Bahulochan and his brother both were peace loving and wanted that all should live mutually. The kings once found a tiger and a goat drinking water from the same river. This gave them the idea to construct a fort in the area which shall signify the same feelings for human beings as well. This brought the legendary Bahu fort which is equally known for its architecture and topography along with its well maintained layout. All this attract a large number of tourists who visit the area for worshiping the deity while at the same time enjoys the scenic beauty of the fort.
Bahu fort is located at the top of a plateau that overlooks River Tawi. The forest area that surrounds the fort has been developed in similar style that resembles the Mughal gardens of Kashmir. The garden of Bahu fort is enlisted as one of the most well maintained gardens of Jammu and Kashmir. The fort, the Bhave ki Bahu garden and the temple is located at a distance of 5 kms from the Jammu city centre.
The Bahu fort is located at a height of 325 metres opposite the old town of Jammu. The fortified structure has thick walls made up of sandstones built with lime and brick mortar. It has eight octagonal towers which are connected with the thick wall. Besides the usual structures which are commonly found in all the forts, there is a sacred tank which shall allow the pilgrims to take bath in this tank. The fort has a broad gateway which is fit for the entry of the elephants. The fort also includes an underground imprisonment which is one of the most attractive parts of the fort. With these exclusive structures the fort has turned to be one of the most exciting tourist spots of Jammu city. The temple of Goddess Kali is made up of white marble which is equally attractive in structure.
Thus Bahu fort stands as another important historical structure which attracts a large number of tourists from all corners of India. Its kali temple is considered to be one of the most sacred shrines of Jammu along with other well known shrines of Jammu and Kashmir.