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| Last Updated:: 26/10/2022

Peer Kho Cave Temple




Peer Kho Cave Temple is one of the sacred cave temples in the Jammu region, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The cave temple, also known as Jamwant Cave, is enshrined with the svayambhu shivalinga. Based on the epic Ramayana, it is believed that Jamvant (the bear god) adopted the cave as a place where he went into deep meditation.





The Peer Kho Temple presently comprises of two caves. Both these caves are at a depth of about 20 to 30 feet from the ground level of the temple complex. A flight of marble steps leads on to the first cave. It is not possible to cross the cave without bending. One has to stoop to cover the 15 feet long and 3 feet wide cave. At the end of this cave tunnel there is a larger cave. The naturally formed black colored Shiva Lingam is the focal point of this pentagonal cave which is 12 feet in height. This makes it possible for devotees to stand comfortably within the interiors of this particular cave to offer their prayers.






The temple is placed in the acacia forest along igneous rocks and is believed to be one of the most ancient religious sites in the region. The festival of Shivratri is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm. During the festival, the site is thronged by numerous pilgrims for homage.

The shrine in proximity to River Tawi is well connected by buses. The cave temple is visited by devotees during a pilgrimage to Aap Shambu Temple, Ranbireshwar Temple and Panjbakhtar Temple.