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1500 years of our history: Enter the Katas Raj temples

Updated Jul 30, 2016 12:36pm

Spreading its beauty near Chakwal in Punjab province of Pakistan, the most reverenced among all the temples are the Katas Raj Temples. In a heaven like surrounding, complex of temples stands in homage to the deities of Hindu mythology.

Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal

The Katas site houses the Satgraha or seven temples, a gathering of seven old temple, remains of a Buddhist stupa, a couple of medieval sanctuaries, havelis and some as the newly built sanctuaries, scattered around a lake considered sacred by Hindus.

Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal

The sanctuaries at Katas are mostly developed 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.

Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal

According to Alan Cunningham, the first Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India in 1872-73 CE, Katasraj is the second biggest holy place in Punjab for Hindu pioneers after Jawala Mukhi. It is said prominent Pandwas brothers lived 12 years in Katas and assembled the sanctuaries of Satghara.

Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal
Photo by Nefer Sehgal

Katas Raj, a conglomeration of temples preserves at least 1500 years worth of history ranging from Buddhist era to British rule in that particular space.


Nefer Sehgal is a photographer and designer. Follow @nefersehgal on Instagram.