Jhiri Temple in Jammu is famous for the splendid gathering also known as jhiri mela that takes place in the month of October-November. It lasts for many days and is an exemplary experience for all its visitors.The village Jhiri is located about 20 kms from Jammu, off the Jammu-Akhnoor highway.
According to an ancient legend, there was a sincere, truthful and honest farmer called Baba Jitto. A Brahmin and loving devotee of Maa Vaishno Devi and Raja Mandalik Jitto , Baba Jitto used to live in Aghar village near Katra, Vaishno Devi.
He grew up with his aunt Jojan and decided to leave the village. He met Mehta Bir Singh, the Kardar of the Amb-grota in Jammu and requested him to provide him a piece of land for tilling. Bir singh was a dishonest man and gave him a piece of barren land after signing an agreement, which was written and signed by King Ajaib Dev. Jitto was asked to give one-fourth of his produce to the King.
He worked hard day and night leaving no stone unturned to transform the barren land into lush green fields. His dream was soon realized when he had a splendid yield. As soon as, Bir Singh got the news regarding the good yield, he arrived at the fields along with his goons and asked them to lift three fourth of the crop and leave only a quarter with Jitto.
Baba Jitto pleaded them to follow the terms of the agreement but all his requests fell on deaf ears. Most of the farmers from nearby areas, who gathered could not stop Mehta due to fear of the King’s men.
Left with no solution and no means of help, Baba Jitto committed suicide and it is to pay homage to Baba Jitu and his holy soul, that Jhiri Mela is celebrated every year near jhiri temple in the months of October November. It lasts for many days and is an exemplary experience for all. People throng the holy jhiri temple to pray about their well-being.
During the fair exhibitions are organized that cater to diverse variety of articles ranging from Pottery, vases, utensils and toys to books on Baba jitto.
- AddressJhiri , Jammu and Kashmir
- CategoryReligious Places, Temple, Tourist Places
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