Katasraj Temple, Chakwal Pakistan;

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It was a bright sunny day of start of May, when we (our middle school fellows group) decided to explore the historical temples near chakwal district of Punjab; The weather was little hot but late spring breeze was moderating the environment; Partial cloudy sky was also making our hopes for a good afternoon;

By covering 270km distance via M2 moterway, we reached there at 1230h; The sun rays were struggling hard for making their way from clouds; As we all had very light breakfast, we decided to have a full tummy lunch first, from a good restaurant; Luckily, we found AFC (can’t recall the exact name) The environment and quality of meal simply bashed our reservations about that place, as it was far away from main city and we weren’t expecting such taste; After getting fresh and lunch (and some random group photoshoots outside the restaurent) our eyes start heading the temples of katas raj which were just hundred meter away;

Katasraj temple complex is believed to date back to the Mahabharata era. Dedicated to Shiva, the temple has existed since the days of Mahābhārata and the Pandava brothers spent a substantial part of their exile at the site. Most of these temples, were built around 900 years or so ago, although the earliest of the Katasraj temples dates back to the latter half of the 6th century AD. The place has always been the site of holy pilgrimage for people of various faiths. Even nowadays, worshippers of all faiths perform pilgrimage to the mandir. The pilgrims bathe in the sacred pool and seek forgiveness as Hindu belief holds that bathing in the pond (especially on certain occasions) leads to the forgiveness of sins and helps attain salvation. (source wikipedia)

I was disappointed again, like I used to whenever I visit any historical place; The location wasn’t in very much healthy condition; The walls & surroundings were telling the stories of lack of care and maintenance by respective authorities; The groovy looking pond is now full of garbage and has lost it fantasy look; The interior of buildings is also so miserable; Me and my friend jumped into a building from its roof top (as we couldn’t find a decent entry door) to see its architectural style; The passages were very congested and rooms were small with low height ceilings;

You can find some other snaps of these temples at my picasa web album; Those who has already visited this place will surly get disappointed by its current condition; If you too have visited this place, kindly share your experience in comments;

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3 thoughts on “Katasraj Temple, Chakwal Pakistan;

    Bruce Cichowlas said:
    June 26, 2012 at 00:07

    It is amazing to see the care and detail that went into the construction of these places.

      Ans responded:
      June 26, 2012 at 00:22

      Yes, this is typical style for all historical buildings; Every small part of a piller or a wall contains its own geometry and architectural details;

    Shahid Bhukari said:
    June 26, 2012 at 00:25

    Good style of describing things. It seems that you are found of such places and photography. Good work.

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