The Bahu Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kali who is the reigning deity of the region of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple is situated inside the Bahu Fort, this is perhaps the oldest fort and edifice in the city. The temple is popularly known as the temple for the Bave Wali Mata. It is 5 kms from Jammu city situated on a rock face on the left bank of the river Tawi. Constructed originally by Raja Bahulochan over 3,000 years ago, the existing Fort was more recently improved and built by Dogra rulers. The fort overlooks river placidly down the Jammu city. The temple is sacred to the people of the city. Regular prayers are offered to the powerful deity and the pilgrims gather to seek her blessings. The pilgrims assemble in large numbers especially on Tuesdays and Sundays. Wading through the river Tawi is also a popular feature of the worship in the Bahu Temple.
The Bahu Fort is surrounded by a beautiful garden called Bagh-e-Bahu with extensive lawns. This majestic garden is filled with beautiful flowers and plants. It offers a unique picnic spot to the tourists. The collection of the garden includes shrubs, big trees and flowers to cutie waterfalls. While your sight seeing in Jammu Kashmir, you can find a lot of local people spending their leisure time in this magnificent place. The tourists can enjoy clam and cool relaxation time in this historical monumental site.
The Bahu Mela in Jammu indicates a rich cultural heritage of India and the integrity of Indian customs and traditions. This is because of the fact that Bahu Mela is celebrated at Jammu in spite of it being a religious festival of the Hindus. People join hands and they together celebrate the Bahu carnival to brighten it up and make it more brilliant. Bahu Festival in Jammu is held in the Bahu Fort where the idol of Goddess Kali is worshipped. People adore Kali Goddess because of her miraculous power which is said to do magic and solve men’s problems.