City : Kangra, State : Himachal Pradesh, Location : North India
Altitude : 8,00m, Type of Construction : Ancient, Type of Building : Temple
Dedicated To : Lord Ram, Other Deities : Lakshmana and Goddess Sita, Religion : Hinduism
Masrur Temple in Kangra : At an altitude of 8,00m and 15-kms to the south of Kangra, is the town of Masrur. Here are 15 Shikhra Temples, cut out of solid rok and built in the 10th century. Built in the Indo-Aryan monolith style, these temples have got a great resemblance with the Ajanta-Ellora temples. The temples of Masrur though slightly damaged, are very beautiful. The images, however, are badly damaged. The images of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Goddess Sita are particularly striking. An artificial lake and a well-maintained and sculpted lawn flank the temples. These richly ornamented cave temples are the only rock shrines in the northern part of India. Masrur is 32 km from Kangra on Nagrota Surian link road and is famous for remarkable group of rock cut temples. They form a group of 15 monolithic rock cut temples in the Indo Aryan style and are richly carved. These richly ornamented cave temples are the only rock shrines in the northern part of India.The main shrine contains three stone images of Ram laxman and Sita but the presence of the figure of Shiva in the centre of the lintel affords a strong presumption that the temple was originally dedicated to Mahadeva.
Excursion : Nadaun: 48-kms from Kangra is Nadaun, which, it seems was designed by nature for providing peace of mind. When Kangra was attacked by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the then Raja of Kangra moved his capital to this place, overflowing with beauty. On the left bank of the river Beas, he built a palace, which soon grew into a centre for Kangra's culture, art and business. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was also erected here so that the Raja could mediate there in peace. An ideal place for a quite weekend, Nadaun also offers fishing opportunities for enthusiasts in the river Beas.
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