(Last Updated on : 27-09-2014)
Pilgrimage Tourism in Rajouri District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is quite popular all across the globe. Ziarat Shahdara Sharief is about 30 Kms in the north of Rajauri and is bounded by stunning high mountain peeks, deep belt of forests, green pastures, springs and strings. Thousands of people from every religion visit the shrine every year and offer prayers. Ten thousand people can offer prayer in Jamia Masjid Shahdara Shrief. The Urs of Hazrat Ghulam Shah Baadshah is celebrated on 10th of Muharram
every year. Apart from a number of Gurdwaras existing in the District, Gurdwara Chhati Badshahi Rajouri is a very significant religious place which has been constructed in the memory of 6th Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji (1595-1646 AD) who stayed at this place in 1616 AD when he was on the way to Kashmir along with Emperor Jahangir
. Gurdwara Chatti Badshahi has great importance for Hindus and number of Hindu devotees each day visits the Gurdwara for offering their prayer. The main congregation is organised on Sunday and the Birthday of Guru Hargobind Ji Maharaj is celebrated with great interest jointly by Sikhs
and Hindus every year.
Mangla Mata Dev Asthan is situated near village Bhawani in Nowshera Tehsil of District Rajouri in a forest area. People come here from far and across for darshan. The asthan is located in an attractive forest area. The picturesque beauty of the area is such that this place can be developed as religious tourism by constructing Sarais, viewing desks, Dak Bungalows etc. By this way, the financial system of the area can also be developed apart from the encouragement of the visitors. Temple at Peer Badesar is situated in the restricted area. All the four sides of the temple and both the sides of the passage to the temple are enclosed with many bells which on shaking produce a harmonious resonance. It is said that this temple belongs to the Lord Shiva
and Goddess Sati. This temple was got constructed by Kanishka
in the memory of Veer Vadweshavar, the son of Lord Shiva. Another similarly important place of pilgrimage is the shrine of Sain Ganji Sahib Qadri situated about 10 kms, from Rajouri town over-looking Darhal nallah, which too attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year in particular on the eve of the annual Urs which generally takes place in the first week of October every year. The Shrine is regarded as a symbol of purity and tolerance and it is because of the sacredness of the place that a large number of people belonging to diverse religions visit there to seek the blessings of the Saint.
The Dera Baba Beeram Shah Ji Dutt is located on a mound. The followers of Baba Beeram Shah Ji visit the Dera every day. The most important function is organised every year on the following Sunday of Baisakhi. Hindus and Sikhs
from all over Poonch and Rajouri areas are visiting the Dera and participate in the mela. Panj Peer Shrine is visited by a huge number of people including Army and Para Military personnel visit the place round the year particularly on Thursdays for seeking blessings and paying obeisance. The Ziarat of Qutab Shah Wali at Dani Dhar near Rajouri is also very popular. People of diverse religions visit the place round the year to seek blessings of the Saint whole family ancestry is believed to be the same as that of Roshan Shah Wali Sahib, whose shrine exists at Jammu
. In the same way, at Banpuri temple in Sunderbani, a grand Yagya takes place on every Baisakhi which draws large number of people from Rajouri, Poonch and Jammu districts who come and participate in the religious rites. The Ziarat of Sain Walidad situated at village Bhathian in Thannamandi against the environment of the towering Pir Kalewa Mountain is also a well-known place of worship and attracts a number of pilgrims. The Ziarat at Rattan Pir also commands great reverence by people of different communities. In short, there is hardly any region in the district where there is no shrine of community or the other.