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A Religious Trail in Jalandhar

by Madhav Srinivasan 1944 days ago

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. 

Amenities in Jalandhar

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 Gurudwara.
  • 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.

Jalandhar 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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