Manwal, ‘Dharam Nagri’ on banks of Tawi River

Manwal, situated about 28 Km from Udhampur and 70 Km from Jammu, is known “Dharam Nagri”. It is situated at the bank of Tawi river.

The town divided between two districts Udhampur and Jammu have sizeable population. Located in the lap of beautiful mountains, the town has several ancient temples like Ma Devi Vani temple, Atyanaryan, Kaala Dera temple and Bavoor temples, where thousands of devotees drawn from various places visit every year.

According to president of Vani temple Hem Rej and local Sarpanch Balwant Raj Sharma, a Bhandara is organized at the temple every year during Navratri festival with cooperation of all locals including shopkeepers. This practice is going on for last 20 years. As per myth, this temple is from the period of Pandavas of Mahabharata. The locals said that their wishes are fulfilled in this temple

On last day of Navratri, a Shobha Yatra start for Pingla Mata, covering a journey of 11-12 kilometers. In route, the devotees set up refreshment and medical camp for participants of Yatra. On reaching at Pingla Mata, the devotees start renting slogans in praise of Mata where already large numbers of devotees are assembled. A fair is also held at the site of Pingla Mata for devotees like entertainment for children, stalls and shops.

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