Ranbireshwar temple is situated on Shalimar road in front of Jammu-Kashmir civil secretariat in Jammu city. Ranbireshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is one of the oldest temples in the Jammu city. It was built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 1883. Later on the temple was named after him.
The temple is believed to be the biggest temple of Lord Shiva in north India. The temple is one of the main attractions of the Jammu city. One of the features of the temple is that it is built on first floor and is situated at a big height from the road surface. The devotees have to take stairs to reach to the temple. The main attraction of the temple is the idol and Shivlinga of Lord Shiva.
The idol of Lord Shiva is very beautiful and is considered to be unique as it is not present anywhere else. The Shivlinga is 8 feet high and is made from single black stone. It was built by the rulers of Dogra dynasty. This Shivlinga is the biggest in north India. There are 12 more Shivlingas in the temple which are made of crystal. These Shivalingas are 18inches high and 12 inches wide. There is a slab inside the temple on the right and left side which has around 1.25 lakhs Shivalingas brought from Narmada river. There are also idols of Lord Ganesha, Kartikeya and Nandi in the temple. The idol of nandi is made of brass and weighs around 1000 kg.
All the festivals are celebrated in this temple. The festival of MahaShivratri is celebrated at grand level.