Counted among the magnificent rock cut temples of India, the beautiful Masroor Temple is situated 40 km from Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. The temple is a unique monolithic structure and is also one of the most unexplored temples in Himachal Pradesh.
Situated at a height of 2535 ft above sea-level, the protected beautiful monument is believed to have been erected between the sixth and the eighth century. There are 15 rock-cut temples richly carved and built in the Indo-Aryan style.
The temples, partly in ruins, were conceived in the same manner as the great temples of Kailashnath Temple at Ellora in Maharashtra and Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu with which it bears a striking similarity. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita.
The main shrine of the temple complex contains three stone images of Ram, Lakshman and Sita. The temple complex is located on a hill and also has a large rectangular pond which remains filled with water throughout the year. From the temple premises, you can get an amazing view of the snow-clad Dhauladhar ranges.
In the centre of the complex stands the principal and most elaborately carved shrine – the Thakurdwara. It enshrines black stone images of Ram, Lakshman and Sita facing east.
The entire theme of the temple carvings revolve around the festivity and coronation of Lord Shiva who is the centre of the Hindu pantheon. The temple complex is believed to have been built by an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. Locals believe that the Pandavas built the Masroor Rock Temple during their period of exile.
The best time to visit Masroor Rock Temple is between the months of March and October.
WHERE TO STAY
There are no accommodation options in the temple. There are many budget and mid-range accommodation options in Kangra. Most guest houses in Kangra valley offer breathtaking views of the valley and good comfort.
WHERE TO EAT
There are no places to eat near the temple complex. It is advisable to carry food and water.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The temple can be visited throughout the year but the best time to visit is between March and October.
BEST TIME TO VISIT KANGRA
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