Shankaracharya Temple

Usha Biswal Rout

06, Sep 2017 @ 07:29 PM
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Located on the top of the summit known as Taqkht-e-Suleiman, Shankaracharya Temple is situated at a height of about 1100 feet in the lap of Himalayas. Dedicated to Lord Shiva , it is one of the oldest shrine worshiped in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. It is believed that the great saint Shankaracharya had visited the Temple while on his voyage to revive Sanatana Dharma.

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The temple is famous not only for the mythology associated but also for the architectural design of it. The Temple has an octagonal shape and about hundred steps around to climb up .Inscriptions were found to exist earlier on these stair cases. Years back, the temple was known as Gopadri due to the belief that the Raja Gopadatya constructed it.

It is said that the temple was once renovated in the times of king Lalitaditya in the 6th century AD. The temple provides an overall view of the valley and  is approachable through  the convenient motor able road. Also known as the Jyesteshwara temple, it is known to be a place where Shri Adi Sankaracharya Bhagavat Pada used to meditate. The Persian inscriptions carved during the times of Shah Jahan also used to exist on the temple walls earlier.

The temple of Shankaracharya is also known as the seat of some great writings in the history. Soundarya Lahiri is believed to be composed by Shri Adi Shankaracharya on the top of Gopadri hills in the temple area. The best time to visit the temple is in the months of July to September.In the vicinity of the hills of Jammu and Kashmir, the place has  breath taking beauty and a must visit for travelers. From religious pilgrimage to tourism, one must not miss the destination.

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