Mahanaal Shiv Caves – A magnificent beautiful place located at nearby Jakhole in Kathua District of J&K State.
MAHANAAL Shiv Caves is one of the most beautiful amazingly place of Kathua District in J&K State.The cave is situated in the foothill and beauty of the place is worth mentioning and visiting.
Thousands and lakhs of devotees visited this place every year on 01st January (New year day) and Mahashivratri Festival and even in the month of Shravans including Sundays or Tuesdays or Festival occasions throughout the year. There is another cave opposite to the cave of Lord Shiva which has 9 series of temples of Goddess Mahashakti Maa Vaishnavi.
The unique importance of the cave lies in the fact that it resembles with the Amarnath cave in appearance. MAHANAAL Shiv caves is situated 20 Km North to the Rajbagh (Ujh river tributary) near village Jakhole in district Kathua.
Inside this old natural holy cave, lord Shiva has revealed itself in the form of a natural sanctorum.
How to visit: After crossing Jasrota (known for Maha Kali Mandir & Wildlife sanctuary), then move towards Ujh Mini-Dam, then Bakhta (Gurdwara Chaeran Kamal Sahib) and then Dhanni, one reaches the everlasting beautiful scenery of village Jakhole after which the road which is not macadamized (kuccha motorable road) and one option has to move on feet for about 3 km distance on the hilly terrain or beachside of Ujh river to reach the cave. However, the pilgrim potential of this place has not been explored to the desirable extent due to negligence part of the State Government.
It is really sad to notice that this place of religious importance lacks basic amenities i.e. proper road connectivity, street lights, infrastructure development. During the Mela or Festivals, devotees have to face number of difficulties which include passing through tough, small and hilly terrain full of dust and non-availability of Hotel resorts, road-bridge network and medical aid facilities. However, the much-awaited construction work on double–lane span bridge over Ujh river, Jathana under CRF (Central Road Fund Scheme) worth Rs. 45 crores has been earmarked is in slow progress condition which was laid down by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble PMO inaugurated in April-2016 at Jakhole. The undergoing construction of span bridge situating at Jakhole near Mahanaal connects to Jathana island, the opposite magnificent view side of Mountains and Ujh river from Jakhole. The residents of Jakhole putforth pending demand since a decade long time for construction of a small bridge at Jakhole Khad Nallah near PHE water motor-pump site which facing a lot of problems for the convenience of nearby villagers and even school students including the devotees / pilgrims especially in rainy days (spring season) who visited the MAHANAAL Shiv caves for fulfilled their worshipping at this holy place. But the district administration of State Government is not serious to look on this very important part for the betterment and development of Mahanaal Touristy at various stage level works.