Introduction :
Akhnoor Sub Division is in Jammu district in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India.It consists of 227 villages.The Sub Division was created by Government of J&K order No. 128/Rev/S/131/2004 of 2007 dated 19/04/2007. Located 28 km (17 mi) from Jammu, Akhnoor is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is an extremely beautiful town. The picturesque town is located on the banks of the Chenab Rive
Akhnoor is a historical town whose antiquity goes back to Indus Valley Civilization.Akhnoor has a lot of tourist attractions. Akhnoor is very small town. The river Chenab floats all along the town. Due to the melting of Himalayan glacier in summer, the river is full of water all over the year including summer season. The first tourist attraction of Akhnoor is Gurudwara. The white marble Gurudwara on the banks of the river Chenab looks very attractive.
The second attraction of the town is the temple dedicated to Lord Parasuram, the incarnation of Vishnu. Unlike the other popular ncarnations of Lord Vishnu such as Krishna and Rama, it is very rare to find a temple for Parasuram. Apart from Parasuram shrine, the temple has two other shrines - one for Vaishno Devi and another for Shiva-Parvati-Ganesh.
Akhnoor is located at 32.87?N 74.73?E.It has an average elevation of 301 metres (988 ft).Akhnoor is located at the right bank of the mighty Chenab.Chenab enters plains at Akhnoor.On the North and East,the Shiwaliks and Trikuta range surround it.Akhnoor lies on Jammu-Poonch National Highway about 28 km away from Jammu.
This town is believed to be Virat town of Mahabharat epic. This was the town where Pandavs had to hide themselves from Kauravs for one year. There is a cave temple on the banks of the river. The cave temple is named as Pandav Gufa. The entrance of the cave has the figures of Hanuman and Bhairav. The cave has the idol of Shiv Linga, which is believed to have been installed by Pandavs. The cave also has the bas relief images of all five Pandavs, their wife Draupati and Krishna with Arjun. The footprint of Lord Krishna is also found inside the temple. The idols of Dharmaraja and Chitragupta are found near the Krishna foot print. The small cave temple also has the other shrines for Kali, Radha-Krishna and Shiva-Parvati-Ganesh.
Near the Pandav Gufa temple, the Akhnoor fort is located. It was built in the 18th century AD by the king Raja Teg Singh. The excavations inside the fort revealed the Harappan and pre-Harappan civilizations which are 5000 years old.
Durga temple, which was build in the recent times, is also an important site in Akhnoor. The main shrine in the temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. There is a big idol of the river Ganga sitting on a crocodile. The temple has other idols and shrines such as Navagraha, Ganesh, Dharmaraja and Chitragupta, Kali, Ganesh, Ram-Lakshman-Sita-Hanuman, Radha-Krishna, Shiva and Shiv Linga, etc.
Kameshwar temple located slightly away from the river on the main road is believed to be an ancient temple dated back to Pandavas. However, the structure of the temple is not very old. The main shrine of the temple has three Shiv Lingas in irregular shapes along with the idols of three Ganeshji. The prakara (corridor surrounding the shrine) has the shrines of Hanuman, Ram-Lakshman-Sita-Hanuman, Nataraj, Kali along with Shiva at her feet, Indra, Shiv-Parvati-Ganesh and Panchmukh Hanuman. The entrance of the temple has two big Shiv Lingas and two idols of Nandi (the bull God). Near the entrance, the idols of Chitragupta, Saneeswara and Dharmaraja are also found.
Near Akhnoor, on the way back to Jammu, there is a small site called Ambaran. It has the remains of a Buddhist monastery that existed between 1st century AD and 7th century AD.Akhnoor has mythological importance as well as historical importance. Moreover, it is also a beautiful tourist attraction located very near to Jammu city.