Jammuites have a staunch belief that Bawe Wali Mata has always protected Jammu city from Pakistani Air attacks.
As the folklore goes, when the city came under air attack by Pakistan Air Force during 1965 and 1971 wars, no harm was done to it as the invading pilots could see nothing but huge emptiness beneath and only a ‘young little girl holding an earthen lit lamp’.
Another version of the story is that all the bombs which were thrown by the PAF pilots onto the City, kept falling in the lap of a lady who had held her arms open to receive the falling bombs.
The Goddess Mahakali who is the Presiding Deity of the City is known as Baawe wali Mata.
She sits in all her glory in a temple located inside the famous Bahu Fort, and like me, all Jammuites believe she has been protecting our region for more than 3000 yrs.