Masroor Temple- The best heritage site
It stands majestically on a hilltop near Dharamshala, in Kangra valley-Beas basin of Himachal Pradesh. Furthermore, this historical 6th-8th century creation is carved out from a monolithic rock. First of all, there are architectural similarities to Mahabalipuram temples of Tamil Nadu, Elephanta caves of Maharashtra and Dhamner in Rajasthan. However, in contrast to the rest built in a pit or on plain ground, this monument is at a height of 2500 feet. Above all, being in a clear sky line view the snowy Dhauladhar range of Himalayas looks singularly attractive from here. Finally, there is only one comparison to it in the entire world. 8th century Angkor Wat of Cambodia alone resembles this temple. Both happen to be on a high altitude.
In worship of Lord Shiva
Having main sanctum and 15 spires and that too in a linear sequence, indicates worship of Lord Shiva. Above all, having a unique design, it seems to be emerging out naturally from within a massive rock. Even more, it has a beautiful 1250 square meter fresh water pond. Furthermore, this pond at top of the cliff remains naturally filled with rain fed water. Presence of fish in sacred pond certainly adds to its charm. Even more, visitors enjoy feeding these fish. As a result, this adds to holy experience of devotees.
Even more, with long passage of time, soft portions of sandstone in the temple have not been able retain originality. In contrast, hard segments retain their beauty and detail of attractive carvings to this day. More so, the sanctum has also nine gods and goddesses inside with lord Shiva in center.
Deities in the temple
Many other deities have a place of honour in garbhagriha. Most noteworthy, they include Lord Ganesha, Vishnu and Maa Durga. Smaller shrines numbering 15, house Kartikeya, Indra, Surya, Maa Saraswati, Maa Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. Even more, 20th century carvings of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita appear to be latest additions to Masroor temple. Finally, these additions most certainly provide a contrast between distant past and present for future generations to ponder.
Things to do near Masroor Temple
Pong dam, situated in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh, is one of the largest man made wetlands of Northern India.
Tatwani Hot springs
Situated at the foot of a hillock by the side of Gaj rivulet, Tatwani hotspring is a natural hotwater source. It is pleasant for bathing.
Popular hill stations among the tourists has the most picturesque location and is also the home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile
Masroor Temple news
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Diff 2018 This year Dharamshala international film festival DIFF will be held from 1 st November to 4 th…