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Hinduism - Where Is Jammu In India?


One of the three different cultural zones in the current Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir; the other two are western Kashmir and Ladakh.

The Dogras, a tiny regional dynasty, historically controlled Jammu and Kashmir, a former princely state.

Despite being Hindus, the Dogra rulers reigned over the minority populations of largely Muslim Kashmiris and mostly Buddhist Ladakhis; this ethnic and religious separation persists today.

The Jammu region is located in the northern Indian plain, and the neighboring areas south of the Shiwalik Hills are mostly Hindu.

Jammu, on the other hand, is adjacent to Punjab, the heartland of Sikhism, a monotheistic faith that mixes aspects of Hinduism and Islam; as a result, Jammu has a sizable Sikh community.

The temple devoted to Vaishno Devi, a goddess who is said to fulfill all of one's requests, is by far the most well-known in the Jammu area.

Jammu was also a hub for the Pahari art of miniature painting in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

Jammu is the name of the area, as well as the major city in the region and the state's historic winter capital. Christine Nivin et al., India.

8th ed., Lonely Planet, 1998, provides an accessible resource for general information on Jammu and all of India's regions. 

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