A Religious Trail in Jalandhar
Jalandhar in Punjab is much more than a commercial centre for sports goods and hosiery. Jalandhar is a secular city that shelters people of many faiths. Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and Muslims visit Jalandhar in pursuit of their religious beliefs.
The origins of Jalandhar are shrouded in the myth that this city
raised from the sea, hence the self-explanatory name. Jalandhar is located in
Northern Punjab at a distance of 184 km from the state capital, Chandigarh.
Amritsar is 83 km from Jalandhar by road. The nearest airports are Ludhiana and
Amritsar. Jalandhar is a major railhead and is well connected to other cities
by road. So book you Jalandhar tours from Delhi for a hassle free holiday.
Jalandhar is one of the important business centres in Punjab, and
there are many hotels providing comfortable accommodation. The numerous hotels
and also the roadside ‘Dhabas’ provide the tourist with hearty Punjabi fare.
Public transportation is limited to cabs and auto rickshaws plying the roads.
Places of Worship in Jalandhar
Some of the popular places around Jalandhar is Amritsar and tourists should book Amritsar tour packages to visit the famous golden temple. Jalandhar is a
large city and has people of all faiths living in harmony. The numerous places
of worship pertaining to many faiths attest the secular nature of this city.
Visitors to this city should not miss the following religious monuments:
- Devi Talab Mandir: This ancient temple
houses an idol of Devi Durga and has recently been renovated. The masonry tank
on the temple premises is very old – almost two centuries. The temple has been
hosting the largest musical fair in North India, the Harballabh Sangeet
Sammelan, since 1875. Famous proponents of Hindustani classical music give
recitals during this music festival. The temple houses a scaled down model of
the Amarnath Temple.
- Cantonment Church: Jalandhar was a
Cantonment town when the British ruled India, and vestiges of the British
influence are found in the St Mary’s Cathedral Church. The Church was first
built in 1886 but has since been rebuilt at the same site. The Church is the
Mother Church for the state of Punjab and is an Apostolic Prefecture.
- Sodal Mandir: This temple is consecrated
to Baba Sodal, a child deity reputed to have miraculous powers. The temple
houses a site where the Child God is thought to have left for his heavenly
abode. A fair is held in mid-September for a day at this temple to commemorate
the day of Baba Sodal’s Samadhi.
- Gurudwara Chehavi Patshahi: Jalandhar
has a Gurudwara, which is much revered by Sikhs. This temple stands at the site
for Guru Hargobind Singh’s religious debate with the Muslim saint Shaikh
Darvesh. A handwritten 400-year-old copy of the Guru Granth Sahib, the religious
book of the Sikhs penned by the Sikh martyr Deep Singh, is kept at the
- Imam Nazir Masjid: This mosque is
located near the city centre, and it is an 800-year-old beautifully designed
mausoleum. The nearby Jama Masjid is said to be 400 years old. The annual Urs
festival is held to commemorate the life of Niziruddin Chisti, and it draws
large crowds. The devout give alms to the needy and place flower chadors on the
marble tomb of the saint.
has a lot to offer to the spiritually inclined visitor. It has many prominent
places of worship, ranging from temples and mosques to Gurudwaras, which will
immensely delight the religious crowd.
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