My visit to Kastas Raj Hindu Temple Complex
Katas Raj Temple Complex is a Hindu Temple, situated in Katas village, northern Panjab Pakistan. It is one of the most important Hindu Pilgrimage site in Pakistan, located in the famous Salt Range "Khewra" in Potohar.
Access to Katasraj Temples: Its very convenient to reach katas Raj temples. From my home town Mardan, i just took M2 motoway,passing islamabad, entered through Kallar Kahar interchange, just followed the straight road towards Katas village near Choa Saidan Shah. From kallar kahar interchange, it took almost 30 min drive to reach there, the road is under construction and passed through a rural area. One may have a nice views of potohar rural life style. A couple of cement factories comes in the way.
From Mardan it took approximately two hours and 45 minutes drive to reach Katas by car.
Legend behind the Katasraj Temple: This Temple is a sacred Hindu place and is mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva. The mention of Katas is found in Hindu religious book "Maha Bharta". One of the most interesting legend behind it is dated back to the times of Lord Shiva, when his beloved wife Satti died. It is supposed by the Hindus that Lord Shiva cried too much at the death of his wife that his tears created two holy ponds. One is located in Ajmer and another is Kataksha, known as Katas now a days. The word Katas literally mean "raining eyes" or "chain of tears" in Sansikrit. Hindus believes that taking bath in the pond on certain occasion causes forgiveness of sins.
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|Side view of the pool|
|An overview of Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, a group of total 7 ancient temples.|
|Map of Katas Raj Temples Complex|
|Sath Garh Temples|
|Stairs Leading towards Sat Ghar Temples (Seven Houses)|