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The temple complex is at Sui 18 kilometres (11 mi), west of Jammu city in Jammu and Kashmir. During the reign of Jammu Shiwaliks after 1765 temple construction was given due importance and this gave a fillip to temple construction work which continued in the 19th century. as well. The temples had spiral shaped towers capped with Kalasam (pot) in the shape of Shikara and this type of style was quite common in those days. The structures were built, using brick and lime mortar.
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Ranbir Singh, took keen interest in the temple complex and made it the centre of Sanskrit learning and teachings for the Brahmin students. Also functioning here was a translation center where Muslim scholars translated history in Arabic and Persian languages into Sanskrit. Similarly, Pundits were engaged in translating many scriptures into Hindi and Dogri languages. The ruler Maharajah Ranbir Singh kept the Hindu and Muslim communities happy and promoted communal harmony among them. Never had he failed to promote the scholarship and exchange of intellectual discussion among the Hindu and Muslim scholars and tried to create a social intercourse among them. The Ragunath temple has a fine library, carrying lots of rare Sanskrit books.
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Raghunath temple houses almost all the images of deities in the Hindu Pantheon. The temples follows the puja protocols similar to other temples and the rituals of the temple include both morning and evening aarti.
The interior chamber is gold plated, whereas
the outer chamber has 15 panels and they carry beautiful paintings depicting important episodes from the epics the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavadgita. The large painting depicting Sita Kalyanam (the wedding of Sri Rama with Sita, the Swamvara episode. Vishnu in Ananthasayanam posture. (reclining Vishnu) is quite interesting.
The main deity Sri Rama is in the garbagraha which is dome shaped, following sikh style of design and it does not have shikara above it as it is commonly found in many Hindu temples. It is to be noted that Sri Rama is the main deity of the Kashmiri ruler and the Dogra people.
The temple complex is famous for the stucco style embellishments built with brick masonry and finished with plaster. The motifs created here are of floral (lotuses) and geometric
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