The history of SAT-GHARA TEMPLES in katas Raj Pakistan


SAT-GHARA TEMPLES.

As many as seven temples were identified Alexander Cunningham situated on the peak of  a small hillock is approached through a seriesof flight of steps which have been re-laid with dressed limestone in the recent past.Near the temple original flight of steps is also visible . The main temple is flanked by two dilapideted shrines .Remains of another shrine could also be seen at a distance of a 6 meter towards south east of the main shrine at a lower level.Another shrine is located are distance of 10 meter form the main shrine towards the north-east .The style is similar to that of the kashmir temples ,of which the chief characteristics are dentils, trefoil arches,fluted pillars,and pointed roof all of which are found in the temples at katas and at other places in the salt-range .This style of Kashmir architecture prevailed under the karkota and Varma dynasties , from AD 625 to 939. A large ruined temple at the site is also identified as a jaina temple, whose partial basement measured 68.5 feet in length 56.5 feet in breadth.It was ornamented with a row of pilasters supporting a dentel frieze,similarly to the basements of the Buddhist buildings at Sahdheri and Manikyala in Texila district Rawalpandi ,Ramachandra temple of red sand stone which fours arms and there heads, a man's in the middle ,a boar the right,and a lion's to the left identified at katas.The Shiva temple complex and Hunuman temple are other major places where Hindu yateress still perform their religious virtual.
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