Sunday, February 16, 2020


                                                              ( Bahu Fort , Jammu )
        ( Jammu  Sialkot train near Miran Sahib)                 
                         ( Amar Palace,Jammu)
          ( Polo ground ,Jammu )
                                                           (DarbaarHall ,  Jammu )

                                ( Amar Mahal, Jammu )
                            ( Darbargarh , Jammu )
       ( Sri Raghunath ji Temple , Jammu )
                                                          (Old Tawi Bridge, Jammu)


Since 1998,   I have  been recording interviews of  persons who were  young boys in 1947 and were living in Jammu city. Here are some wonderful impressions of Jammu city conveyed to me :-

" Yes ,I have many memories of Jammu of 1940s. From Jammu, i  have gone to Sialkot many times  with my father  . We would go by   train. . The train would start from present location known as   Bikram Chowk. The old  Jammu railway  station was exactly opposite to present day Police lines  gate . We would come in a Tonga from Kachhi Chawni Tonga stand. There was no habitation across Tawi bridge right up to Satwari. At Satwari , the train slowed down and one could see some lights . The 27 miles  journey was covered in about one and a  half hour with four halts . The train fare was three annas.  At Satwari, there used to be small cantonment where Maharaja's forces were stationed. My father took me to two important temples of Sialkot. One was Jagannath temple  in the city and the other was Puran Bhagat Temple . Puran Bhagat Temple  was outside the town' and was  also known as Baba Sehaj Nath Temple. The Jandial community was attached to this temple.  The Jandials from Jammu would hold annual  assembly and Bhandara at this temple.   Puran Bhagat Temple had a well.
We also saw Ramleela in Sialkot once.

 Sialkot was open town. It had good roads . It had two churches also. We had many relations in Sialkot. Many people from Sialkot  would come to Jammu for shopping . During summers, people would stay for the night enjoying the cool breeze around Canal . Near present day canal park, some Dhabas had also been opened. They offered food and cots to customers. The Dhaba owners charged some Annas  for good food and cot . Those who stayed in Jammu for the night would catch the morning train at 11AM to Sialkot . There were some  buildings from Gumat  to canal. Talab Tillo , Mohinder Nagar and all present day localities were fields where farmers grew paddy and other crops. In 1940, old Jammu city had taps that supplied drinking water lifted from Tawi. Electricity was also available to residents .  "

(Avtar Mota)

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