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The Temples of Katas Raj

Posted on December 3, 2006
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In October-November 2006, more than 200 Hindu pilgrims (yatrees) came from outside of Pakistan to visit Katas Raj.

The mention of Katas Raj, located in the salt range 18 miles south of Chakwal, is found in Maha Bharat written in 300 BC. The etymology of this place as narrated in the old edition of Tarikh-i-Jhelum (History of Jhelum) is that according to Brahaman belief, Shiv Devta wept so profusely on the death of his beloved wife Satti that two holy ponds – one at Pushkar of Ajmair and other at Katak Shell – came into being with his tears. In Sanskrit, the word  – Katak Shell – means chain of tears which later on was pronounced as ‘Katas’.



Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and President Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) L.K Advani also visited Katas Raj to inaugurate the conservation work at Satghrah temple in June this year. The photo to the right is from that occasion.

According to Gen Cunningham, Katas was considered the second largest holy place in Punjab for Hindu pilgrims after Jawala Mukhi. It is said famous Pando brothers spent 12 years in Katas and built the temples of Satghara. It is said Al-Beruni also spent some time at Katas to learn Sanskrit in a linguistic university which, at that time, was established here. Temples at Katas have been transferred from the federal government to the Punjab Archaeology Department recently.

Katas Raj is also the place where Alberuni attempted to measure the circumference of the Earth, studied Sanskrit and wrote his renowned Kitab-ul-Hind (Book of Hind) which depicted the religion, scientific knowledge, and social customs of Hindus. Paras Nath Jogi drew his last breath on Katas. Jagat Guru Nanak Ji also visited the place on the 1st of Visakh. Katas came to be known as Nanaknawas and was a site of contemplation for many large groups of mystics, ascetics and jogis. According to Hindu beliefs, taking bath in the holy pond at the site washes away all sins and makes man innocent.

33 Comments on “The Temples of Katas Raj”

  1. Eidee Man says:
    December 3rd, 2006 5:58 am

    Hi, this is not about this particular post so I apologize. But I’d like to turn everyone’s attention to Cowasjee’s latest column:

    http://dawn.com/weekly/cowas/cowas.htm

    He wrote:

    “Since 1979, there have of course been other Muslims â€

  2. Owais Mughal says:
    December 3rd, 2006 10:42 am

    Shirazi Sb
    Thanks for the informative article. I wonder what role the motorway M2 has played in bringing Ketas Raj to the forefront. I must admit that while growing up I was not aware of Ketas Raj existense. All the limelight was put on Potohar/Salt range area around the GT road. The most I’d heard of Potohar area’s heritage was about Rohtas Fort. It is in the past 10 or less years that Motorway has really opened up the Kallar-Kahar and Chakwal area to tourism. One regularly hears about Ketas Raj temples and pilgrimage to them in the media now. I hope and wish that this heritage is well taken care of by the govt of Pakistan.

  3. Samdani says:
    December 3rd, 2006 8:51 pm

    Thank you, once again, for a very informative post. Learnt a lot here. Glad to hear that conservation work is being done there. Do you have any information on how that work has gone or is going?

  4. Murtaza says:
    December 3rd, 2006 11:21 pm

    Hey Eidee Man, did you email Cowasjee about it. He should know people do read with some attention and do not take his every word as engraved in stone.

  5. Sohaib says:
    December 4th, 2006 2:30 am

    Ah yes, that place is beautiful. I went there two years ago and sadly it lay in ruins, pun unintended. I hope they have changed that now by preserving it better.
    Haha. Poor Cowasjee. Though I must admire the creativity of the guy who pasted these names up. Kamal Jacqui/Camel Jockey? Too good!

  6. Kiani says:
    December 4th, 2006 4:40 pm

    further reading on the pottohar temples

  7. Owais Mughal says:
    December 5th, 2006 11:20 pm
  8. ghazia says:
    December 30th, 2006 12:41 pm

    Its good to know that the Govt. of Pakistan is paying attention to the Katas temples. I went there some four years back, and noticed that the temples literally lay in ruins. Unfortunately I did not understand the religious significance associated with the place then, but now I do. I am glad that the temples are being restored now.

  9. Nauman Anwar says:
    February 6th, 2007 2:53 am

    Yeasterday on Feb. 05 2007, I visited KATAS, although the work is in process for the stairs but no work is currently in progress on the building. I request the authorities to please look after such historical places

    Regards

  10. February 17th, 2007 1:27 am

    Nice photo from Katas Raj published in Daily Times (17 Feb 07) [Given title"Pundit Vanay Kumar Bansi plays Sunkh during ‘puja’ at the Katas Raj temples on Friday. Abid Nawaz"]:

  11. Shahid Ndeem says:
    February 21st, 2007 10:54 pm

    History of Katas…….. Shiva’s valley
    The Katas site houses the Satgraha, a group of seven ancient temples, remains of a Buddhist stupa, a few medieval temples, havelis (means old but wide and huge compounded houses we saw and few took risk to climb on top of shivering roof where I requested them to come down since I wanted all to be safe home and be prepared for the next trip with me in Feb 25, 2007…!) and some recently constructed temples, scattered around a pond considered holy by Hindus. HISTORICAL BACKGOUND
    Most of the temples, located some 40 km from the modern city of Chakwal in Pakistan’s Punjab, were built during the reign of Hindu kings. These several temples were built around 900 years ago or more. Although, the earliest of the Katas Raj temples dates back to the latter half of the 6th century AD.
    The temples at Katas are mostly constructed on square platforms. The elevation of the sub shrines seems to form a series of cornices with small rows of pillars, crowned by a ribbed dome.
    The Ramachandra temple is situated to the east of the Hari Singh Haveli and is closed from all sides except for an entrance on the east. The double-storied structure has eight rooms of various dimensions on the ground floor and a staircase at the south leading to the first floor. The temple has two Jharokas (balconies) that have been severely damaged.
    The Hanuman temple is on the western extreme of a high rectangular enclosure with entrances on the south and the north. The temple’s ceiling is undecorated, and lime-plastered. The Shiva temple is also built on a square platform. Its entrance is a recessed round arch with faint cusps and a rectangular opening to the north.
    Katas Raj temple complex is believed to date back to the Mahabharata era. There are stories about the Pandavas spending time there during their long exile. The lake in the complex is believed to have magical powers and supposed to be where Yudhishtir defeated the Yaksha with his wisdom to bring his brothers back to life.

    RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
    Pakistan has decided to place idols of Hindu gods in the seven temples and restore them to their original state to attract visitors. The project for the conservation of the Katas temples and stupas would be completed in shortest possible time. The budget allocated for the project is Rs.51.06 million. India is making similar contribution to the restoration of the Angkor Vat temple complex in Cambodia. Revered in India, the temple was visited earlier by India’s former deputy prime minister L.K. Advani.
    The Punjab government will import idols of Hindu gods from various monuments in India to Pakistan for the restoration of the historic Katas Raj temples, The Katas site houses the Satgarha, a group of seven ancient temples, remains of a Buddhist stupa, a few medieval temples, havelis (means old but wide and huge compounded houses) and some recently constructed temples, scattered around a pond considered holy by Hindus. The government has decided to place idols of Hindu gods in the seven temples and to restore them into their original state to attract visitors. A three-member archeological team is set to leave for India today (Saturday) on an official visit. The team would visit various archaeological sites in India and collect idols of Hindu gods. The team will visit various historical sites in India such as the Taj Mahal, Agra; Fatehpur Sikri, Ajmer Sharif; Pushkar, Aurangabad; Daultabad; Ajanta; Varanasi between January 20 and 30.
    Main purpose of a Punjab Government tour would be gathering information about the gods, their rituals and decoration of their temples, which would be completed in February, and pictures and idols of the gods would be bought from India and designers would be hired to prepare replicas. The project for the conservation of the Katas temples and stupas would be completed in February. The total budget allocated for the project is Rs 51.06 million, he added.
    Apart from sculptures unearthed by the Department of Archaeology dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries, the Salt Ranges are dotted with Hindu temples, of which the most notable is the Katas Raj. Located 25 kilometers from Chakwal District, Katas Raj temples are notable in many ways.

    OTHER INTERESTING POINTS
    The temple was not abandoned by local Hindus when they migrated to East Punjab in 1947. Many legends sacred to the Hindus are associated with it, some of them involving Shiva himself. It has always been the site of holy pilgrimage. Even nowadays, through an agreement between India and Pakistan, Hindu worshippers perform a pilgrimage to the temple every year and bathe in the sacred pool around which Katas Raj is built.

    While Katas Raj has not received the publicity that it deserves, the two semi-ruined temples of the Hindushahiya period (650-950 AD) have been frequently photographed by newspapers and history journals. The remains are very beautifully carved and conform to the best in temple architecture.
    Katas Raj is also held sacred by Hindus for other reasons.
    Legend says;
    …… that the five Pandava brothers, heroes of the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, stayed here for four out of the 14 years that they spent in exile. While it takes a little effort to get there by road – one has to go off the Grand Trunk Road – Katas Raj is partially visible on the train route from Lahore to Rawalpindi. It is a picturesque sight.
    Many local legends are associated with Katas, some linked with the five Pandava brothers, heroes of the epic Mahabharata, who (supposedly) stayed here for some of the years that they spent in exile. Another involves the death of Shiva’s wife Satti, so the story goes that when she died he cried so much and for so long, that his tears created two holy ponds – one at Pushkara in Ajmer in India and the other at Ketaksha, which literally means raining eyes, in Sanskrit. It is from this name that the word Ketas is derived.
    What was a holy pond for Hindus is today littered with garbage, while the pictorial images inside the temples have disappeared with ravages over time, and disregard of authorities. The temples of Katas can perhaps be saved from further damage if a boundary is constructed around the temple complex, and Hindu pilgrims are encouraged to frequent the place. Might such initial measures exert a moral pressure on those responsible for renovation would be the next question.
    The Salt Ranges have also been yielding prehistoric finds.
    While some local experts place the fossils discovered in the period between 6000 and 7000 BC, the fact remains that they have not yet been examined by trained paleontologists from the West. A large number of bones of the limbs and vertebrae of giant animals resembling the extinct mammoth and dinosaur, have been found at some sites. “An entire range of low mountains in the area appears to be fossilised, revealing to the naked eye layer upon layer of a variety of plants and soils,â€

  12. Humaira says:
    February 23rd, 2007 11:54 pm

    Nice writeup. First time I am hearing of these and glad to know that people are writing about these issues.

  13. HASSAN says:
    March 3rd, 2007 10:59 pm

    I visited this a few years ago. Very depressing in maintainance.

  14. Shahid Ndeem says:
    March 6th, 2007 2:39 am

    The Historical City of Chakwal

    Katas Raj

    It is located in the middle of salt range mountains 18 miles away from Chakwal city. The epic poem Maha-Bharat, written circa 300BC contains its references. The area is now known as Makhial. In olden days the place was called Kot Cheena where an annual festival was held in March-April where the pilgrimage performed holy bath in the waters of a pond called Katak-Shail or Ketaksha (flowing- tears or raining eyes) filled by the Lord Shev’s left eye and water filled in a pond called Pushkar or Pokhar at Ajmair (now in India) from Lord Shev’s right eye, as a result of the death of his wife Sati, daughter of Dikshia.

    The word Katak-Shail later on changed into Katsha or Kataksha and now Katas. This pond is locate 200 feet above sea level near Ganian rain / spring water way where its water was merged through a 122 feet long under ground water tunnel-way which was used for irrigation. The wall around the front of pond was built by Raja Pataik or Pattak who was a minister of some Dehli King; the wall is 2.5 feet thick and 19 feet high to protect water and its surrounding dilapidated buildings. Near Ganian water stream there are two hills about 200 feet high. On the southern hills the ruins of old town Kotera , now called Sadhu-Ka-Ghar (Sadhu’s house) was found. Here we also find ruins of Sat-Gharra Mandir (temple) which is considered to be the oldest temple of all. The famous Pandu brothers spent few of their 12-14 years here. Gen Cunningham cited some stupas (Buddhist’s temples) or some more mandirs (Hindu temples) here which were destroyed by the vagaries of weather and one can not forget the torrential rains of September 1948 which destroyed the local geo-contours.

    In recent days Pandit Mohan Lal from India, visited the place in November 1983 and cited the name of Lord Shankar or Lord Shev Maharaj for calling the place as Kay-TaiKash Raj “King of Snakesâ€

  15. Shahid Nadeem says:
    March 6th, 2007 2:43 am

    History of Katas…….. Shiva’s valley
    The Katas site houses the Satgraha, a group of seven ancient temples, remains of a Buddhist stupa, a few medieval temples, havelis (means old but wide and huge compounded houses we saw and few took risk to climb on top of shivering roof where I requested them to come down since I wanted all to be safe home and be prepared for the next trip with me in Feb 25, 2007…!) and some recently constructed temples, scattered around a pond considered holy by Hindus. HISTORICAL BACKGOUND
    Most of the temples, located some 40 km from the modern city of Chakwal in Pakistan’s Punjab, were built during the reign of Hindu kings. These several temples were built around 900 years ago or more. Although, the earliest of the Katas Raj temples dates back to the latter half of the 6th century AD.
    The temples at Katas are mostly constructed on square platforms. The elevation of the sub shrines seems to form a series of cornices with small rows of pillars, crowned by a ribbed dome.
    The Ramachandra temple is situated to the east of the Hari Singh Haveli and is closed from all sides except for an entrance on the east. The double-storied structure has eight rooms of various dimensions on the ground floor and a staircase at the south leading to the first floor. The temple has two Jharokas (balconies) that have been severely damaged.
    The Hanuman temple is on the western extreme of a high rectangular enclosure with entrances on the south and the north. The temple’s ceiling is undecorated, and lime-plastered. The Shiva temple is also built on a square platform. Its entrance is a recessed round arch with faint cusps and a rectangular opening to the north.
    Katas Raj temple complex is believed to date back to the Mahabharata era. There are stories about the Pandavas spending time there during their long exile. The lake in the complex is believed to have magical powers and supposed to be where Yudhishtir defeated the Yaksha with his wisdom to bring his brothers back to life.

    RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
    Pakistan has decided to place idols of Hindu gods in the seven temples and restore them to their original state to attract visitors. The project for the conservation of the Katas temples and stupas would be completed in shortest possible time. The budget allocated for the project is Rs.51.06 million. India is making similar contribution to the restoration of the Angkor Vat temple complex in Cambodia. Revered in India, the temple was visited earlier by India’s former deputy prime minister L.K. Advani.
    The Punjab government will import idols of Hindu gods from various monuments in India to Pakistan for the restoration of the historic Katas Raj temples, The Katas site houses the Satgarha, a group of seven ancient temples, remains of a Buddhist stupa, a few medieval temples, havelis (means old but wide and huge compounded houses) and some recently constructed temples, scattered around a pond considered holy by Hindus. The government has decided to place idols of Hindu gods in the seven temples and to restore them into their original state to attract visitors. A three-member archeological team is set to leave for India today (Saturday) on an official visit. The team would visit various archaeological sites in India and collect idols of Hindu gods. The team will visit various historical sites in India such as the Taj Mahal, Agra; Fatehpur Sikri, Ajmer Sharif; Pushkar, Aurangabad; Daultabad; Ajanta; Varanasi between January 20 and 30.
    Main purpose of a Punjab Government tour would be gathering information about the gods, their rituals and decoration of their temples, which would be completed in February, and pictures and idols of the gods would be bought from India and designers would be hired to prepare replicas. The project for the conservation of the Katas temples and stupas would be completed in February. The total budget allocated for the project is Rs 51.06 million, he added.
    Apart from sculptures unearthed by the Department of Archaeology dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries, the Salt Ranges are dotted with Hindu temples, of which the most notable is the Katas Raj. Located 25 kilometers from Chakwal District, Katas Raj temples are notable in many ways.

    OTHER INTERESTING POINTS
    The temple was not abandoned by local Hindus when they migrated to East Punjab in 1947. Many legends sacred to the Hindus are associated with it, some of them involving Shiva himself. It has always been the site of holy pilgrimage. Even nowadays, through an agreement between India and Pakistan, Hindu worshippers perform a pilgrimage to the temple every year and bathe in the sacred pool around which Katas Raj is built.

    While Katas Raj has not received the publicity that it deserves, the two semi-ruined temples of the Hindushahiya period (650-950 AD) have been frequently photographed by newspapers and history journals. The remains are very beautifully carved and conform to the best in temple architecture.
    Katas Raj is also held sacred by Hindus for other reasons.
    Legend says;
    …… that the five Pandava brothers, heroes of the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, stayed here for four out of the 14 years that they spent in exile. While it takes a little effort to get there by road – one has to go off the Grand Trunk Road – Katas Raj is partially visible on the train route from Lahore to Rawalpindi. It is a picturesque sight.
    Many local legends are associated with Katas, some linked with the five Pandava brothers, heroes of the epic Mahabharata, who (supposedly) stayed here for some of the years that they spent in exile. Another involves the death of Shiva’s wife Satti, so the story goes that when she died he cried so much and for so long, that his tears created two holy ponds – one at Pushkara in Ajmer in India and the other at Ketaksha, which literally means raining eyes, in Sanskrit. It is from this name that the word Ketas is derived.
    What was a holy pond for Hindus is today littered with garbage, while the pictorial images inside the temples have disappeared with ravages over time, and disregard of authorities. The temples of Katas can perhaps be saved from further damage if a boundary is constructed around the temple complex, and Hindu pilgrims are encouraged to frequent the place. Might such initial measures exert a moral pressure on those responsible for renovation would be the next question.
    The Salt Ranges have also been yielding prehistoric finds.
    While some local experts place the fossils discovered in the period between 6000 and 7000 BC, the fact remains that they have not yet been examined by trained paleontologists from the West. A large number of bones of the limbs and vertebrae of giant animals resembling the extinct mammoth and dinosaur, have been found at some sites. “An entire range of low mountains in the area appears to be fossilised, revealing to the naked eye layer upon layer of a variety of plants and soils,â€

  16. March 8th, 2007 3:39 pm

    [...] We left Islamabad around 2 pm. We originally had plans to visit Rohtas, Katas Temple and Tulip restaurant at the Jhelum river toll point. It took us quite some time to reach Rohtas due to traffic enroute. Interesting point here is that we traveled the same road (G.T Road) that Sher Shah built over four centuries ago. [...]

  17. Pakistani Hindu says:
    April 4th, 2007 8:52 am

    Please muslim brothers and sisters respect the culture of pakistan and the History , there was and still is Hindu communities in Pakistan…please let them flourish.
    On a vsist to ajmer i visited Darga and took chadar with me ..i put flowers and donated to poor….bombay i went to Haji Ali i served the poor and offered red ribbons and chadar to the tombs….

    i respect all places of worship in India and we should learn to respect the same in pakistan and afganistan.
    My grandfather is from Kabul , both my parents are born in pakistan and i see myself as ethnic pakistani …….

    I feel sad that temples shrines and deities are smashed and brutally looted. Islam does not teach to hurt others feelings and be evil.

    if you respect these wonderful pictures and frescoes tourists will visit pakistan to see this wonderful staues and frescoes…….islam cannot show pictures as is against their fAITH, Although you can show other faith’s temples and picutres.

    pakistan is still very wonderful my naani and dadi still tell me how they grew up and what things were beautiful.

  18. Shahid Nadeem says:
    April 23rd, 2007 6:32 am

    Let us go to Salt Range Temples / Salt Mines

    The access to Salt Range Mallot Temples Distt Chakwal is as follows,
    Coming from Lahore / south-western parts of Pakistan or from Islamabad / Rawalpindi we will travel on motorway till Kallar Kahar interchange. From Kallar Kahar interchange toll plaza we will be taking turn going towards Choa Saidan Shah Distt Chakwal, leaving the other turn going towards “Soon-Sakeisar valley. From there about 2km away there is a right turning called “Karuli chowkâ€

  19. April 25th, 2007 2:22 pm

    hey i need your help plz plz plz… cz i am having an assignment on KATAS TEMPLES…in which we hve to provide our assessor with a plan dat whether we should RENOVATE katas temples or not … in order to make it phisibal for da tourisits… i my self hve visited da temples twice n sum how i hve came to knw dat KATAS TEMPLES is supposed to be KABATULLAH of hindus like it is one of HINDU’s best SACRED PLACES… I hve stated my email address and want you to gve me FULL FLEDGE info abt it.. HOPE U’LL NOT LET ME DOWN..:P

    ahhhh 1 more thing my biography:

    NAME: UMAIR AHMED
    AGE: 17
    DESIGNATION: STUDENT OF B-TEC NATIONALS
    PLACE: LAHORE- PAKISTAN
    INSTITUTE: STEP-Institute of Professional Development

  20. Janjua Rajput says:
    April 29th, 2007 1:02 pm

    [quote comment="41676"]Please muslim brothers and sisters respect the culture of pakistan and the History , there was and still is Hindu communities in Pakistan…please let them flourish.
    On a vsist to ajmer i visited Darga and took chadar with me ..i put flowers and donated to poor….bombay i went to Haji Ali i served the poor and offered red ribbons and chadar to the tombs….

    i respect all places of worship in India and we should learn to respect the same in pakistan and afganistan.
    My grandfather is from Kabul , both my parents are born in pakistan and i see myself as ethnic pakistani …….

    I feel sad that temples shrines and deities are smashed and brutally looted. Islam does not teach to hurt others feelings and be evil.

    pakistan is still very wonderful my naani and dadi still tell me how they grew up and what things were beautiful.[/quote]

    That is an absolutely beautiful post my brother, and I promise you that we Janjua Rajputs are trying our best to preserve the Katas Mandirs as best as we can. We are Muslims, but we have a great respect for our heritage and the heritage of our Hindu brothers also.

    The Government of Pakistan has agreed to aid preservtaion, but the day to day preservation still falls on the locals. The Katas Mandirs are within our ancestral Malot Fort of Raja Mal Khan Janjua. Cunningham was right about the poor shape, it suffered much during the Sikh age, with quite a bit of damage to the top of the right Mandir (a watch post was shabbily made on the top of it…..)

    If only there were more brothers like you, the world would be a much more honourable and peaceful place Inshallah.

  21. May 19th, 2007 8:15 pm

    This is a great post, I learned so much. I know that there are Hindu and Sikh communities in Pakistan, and to a lesser extent in Afghanistan. But I had never heard about these mandirs in particular.

    Like the several comments here which express a wish that Pakistan should preserve these mandirs, I also believe that Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan should preserve and even nourish whatever communities and representations we have, regardless of what their origins are. Because the truth is that these diverse strands of our cultures are so intertwined that you cannot separate one from the other.

    I’m also quite heartened to read the comments. If only people there were more people like those who commented above.

  22. Farhan says:
    October 9th, 2007 2:03 am

    Assalam-o-alaikum. I have recently heard about Katas Raj Temples and the holy lake. I am surprised to know all about Katas Raj and I don’t know why I never heard about these temples before. Anyways, I have decided to visit Katas Raj in comming Eid vacations with my friends & family. I request you all to please guide me the rout (after reaching Kallar Kahan) through which we can easily reach there. Or is there any other public conveyance that brings us to Katas Raj easily. Waiting for prompt reply…..

  23. vishal says:
    December 8th, 2007 6:49 am

    hi everybody
    i m from hoshiarpur in indian punjab
    it is really nice that pak govt. is taking care of katas raj temlple as it will have strong effect to have nice relationship with our pak brother which have been seperated from us since1947 due to angreji hakoomat.

  24. January 18th, 2008 12:02 pm

    It is really great. I do not know how I happened to reach this stuff, But the minutes spent reading the post and comments are worth it. The post is very informative. Reading comments was the best part of it because generally it is thought that Pakistan is not sensitive about Hindu Mandirs. But the concerns of the Pakistanis are welcome (I hope adverse comments have not been removed by the adminstarator)

  25. Janjua Rajput says:
    April 30th, 2008 7:08 am

    Karnail Singh saheb, it is because of poor understanding and the actions of a few evil people that misunderstandings between us Pakistanis and our Indian brethren have come about. We Janjua Rajeh for example, are the sons of Arjun Pandav, we respect and love him, AND love and respect all those who also love him. Our honour lies in love, not hatred. Our duty lies in respect, not intolerance. Our faith lies in what good we can do, not in how bad we can be….

    Rest assured, there are many many many Pakistanis who are as passionate about their links with the Hindu and Sikh friends pre Partition, who also did their best to protect and give safe passage to our Hindu neighbours to India, as I am sure vice versa.

    Your Mandirs are our responsibility, our Holy Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. ordered us to protect your honour and your rights to your places of worship, so we shall do our best to allow this Inshallah, especially in Katas which by God’s will falls in our domain.

    Thank you for your kind words

  26. Muhammad Saim says:
    May 9th, 2008 1:50 am

    Ok so whats the latest updates regarding the renovations and conditions of the temples?

  27. Saim Baig says:
    September 15th, 2009 2:27 pm

    Went there 1 week ago. It was beautiful.Although then main temple door was sealed for renovation purpose.

  28. Durre Shahwar says:
    October 28th, 2009 2:24 am

    Went there a week ago, that is beautiful place and worth it to visit. I apprecait the guide Gulfishan, who gave us the full information about the histroy of Katas Raj.

  29. kaushik chatterjee says:
    November 4th, 2009 2:33 pm

    hello everybody,
    this is anice piece of history and a nice armchair travalogue of north pakistan. it is indeed interesting to know about katas raj temple complex. but i am perticularly interested to know more about Janjua-rajputs ( son of Arjun Pandav ) who are they ? what do they do now ?

    with regards
    KC, Calcutta

  30. SHABI says:
    January 27th, 2010 11:48 pm

    Nice to see that some one is writing about our area.
    Good job need to keep it up.

  31. Noaman says:
    February 7th, 2010 3:10 pm

    Karnail Singh saheb, i m the resident of katas , i studied in govt high school katas my childhood spent playing in the temples of katas. i appreciate your comments about Muslims and Pakistan, but i also aspect that happenings like Babari Masjid Shaheed shuld also not happened from your side. plz think about it. we even don’t touched your mandars when babari masjid was beeing destroyed.
    ” agar dunia main tamam mazahib sirf apni kitaboon pr amal krna shuro kr dain to dunia main kahin jang na ho”

  32. rais says:
    November 26th, 2010 2:40 am

    I have the honour to visit Katas Raj in October 2010 with a Belgian friend, I also visited Taxila sites. As per him we have a bright past.

  33. Muhammad Qayyum Awan says:
    December 1st, 2011 2:05 pm

    Dear all!
    I have gone through the text and comments; all are interesting. However, what is deficent is the history of the place as no written document except a mention in Mahabhrata is available anywhere. The genesis and growth of the temples is shrouded in mystery. The ever first written mention, Katas Raj could find, was by a Chinese traveler Hieun Tsang in his travelogue follwed by Al-Beruni in Kitabul Hind. The later historians, particularly during the Muslim era, mentioned the Sacred Water pool at Katas but that too is deficient in providing evidence on history of the Katas Raj. Period of its origin has been estimated as that of Hindu Shahi in 7th century AD; its archetectural style as that of Kashmiri but no one gave an account as to whether the area was once ruled by Kashmiri rulers or it was mere their influence that reached up to Salt Range. Similarly, the Hindu Shahi period had an edge to others that during the period, the historiography had got inception in India yet no dobious mention was given antwhere about this very land of Lord Shive, one of the most effective gods of Hinduism.
    Alongwith renovation of the desolated site for bringing it back to MAHABHARATA era, there is more need to unearth its history for bringing its past glory back. Without documented history, antiquity of a site looses its worth. We need hectic efforts to find out the missing gap: What historically happened after formation of the sacred pond by Shiva’s tear? Who were the people who looked after the place? What miracolous powers the water and the place attained afterward? I request you all to please help me if you can as I, being a M Phil student, have started a research project on the history of Katas Raj: Myths and Reality. Thanking you in anticipation. With regards.
    Muhammad Qayyun Awan

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