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Bahu Fort, Jammu

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The Bahu Fort is located in Jammu city in state of Jammu and Kashmir. The fort, originally built by Raja Bahulochan some 3,000 years ago, was refurbished by the Dogra rulers in the 19th century. The fort is a religious place, and within its precincts has a temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali, the presiding deity of Jammu. The temple is known locally as the "Bave Kali Mata temple".LegendThe building of the city of Jammu and the Bahu Fort are linked to a legend. Raja Jambu Lochan, when on a hunting trip, witnessed a curious scene of a tiger and a goat drinking water side by side at the same location in the Tawi River, without the tiger attacking. The Raja considered this a divine direction to establish the fort and his new capital here, as the scene he witnessed at this site represented peaceful coexistence. His brother, Bahu Lochan, is credited with building the fort.TopographyThe fort is located on a high plateau land overlooking the Tawi River on its rocky left bank. The forest area that surrounds the fort has been developed into a well laid out park called the “Bagh-e-Bahu”, developed on the lines of the Mughal gardens from where a commanding view of the city of Jammu could be seen. The garden attracts a large number of visitors.The fort, the temple and the Bagh-e-Bahu garden are located 5km from the Jammu city centre. The city road to Surinsar was widened for providing approach to an Oil drilling exploration project. However, this project was shelved and consequently the widened new road provided better access to the fort and the temple, and the number of visitors to these places has since increased.
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  • Very nicely maintained fort. Parking is there.. timeing 9am to 9pm. Entry fees is there. A must visit place in jammu.  more »
  • The fort was first built several centuries ago by Bahu Lochan and his King brother Jambu Lochan. It's after King Jambu Lochan that the city is called Jammu. The fort was damaged due to again and then ...  more »
  • This fort is one of the older forts of India. Me with my friends visited this fort last year and it was really a historical experience for us. Our trip to this fort proved to be very adventurous and m...  more »