Shankaracharya Temple

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Overview

Shankaracharya Temple is located at a height of 1100 feet on the hill known as Takht-I-Sulaiman and Gopadari Hill. in the Zabarwan Mountain in Srinagar. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be the oldest shrine in the Kashmir valley. The scared site offers splendid views of the valley and the snow covered mountains of the Pir Panjal range. Also known as the Jyesteshwara temple the Shankaracharya temple is known to be built by Raja Gopadatya in 371 BC who named it as Gopadri. 
 
The temple was built by Jalauka, the son of the great Emperor Ashoka, about 200 B.C. King Gopadatta of Kashmir who ruled from 79 to 109AD, rebuilt it and dedicated the temple to Jyesteswara. The hill was called Gopadri and the village at its foot on the south is still called Gopkar.
 
The temple is built in early Kashmiri style. It tries to introduce the early Sihara style and has still one-storeyed gable pediment which is evident even now. The temple is an early specimen of the horse shoe arch, prominent in the final stages of this architecture, as, for example, in Martand. It is said that massive polished steps was leading right from the Jhelum River up to the top of the hill. These stones were removed in the 16th century by Muslim rulers and used for the construction of a mosque.
 
The Jyoteshware temple rests on a solid rock. A 20-foot tall octagonal base supports a square building on top. The terrace around the square temple is reached by a stone staircase enclosed between two walls. A doorway on the opposite side of the staircase leads to the interior, which is a small and dark chamber, circular in plan. The ceiling is supported by four octagonal columns, which surround a Basin containing a Lingam encircled by a snake.
 
Shankaracharya Temple is regularly worshipped by the pilgrims who visit the region during the popular Amarnath Yatra. The 243 steps that lead up to this temple area are not very steep and can be easily climbed. The temple overlooks the beautiful Srinagar town and the temple is located at height of about 1100 feet. This sacred site also offers splendid views of Kashmir valley and the splendid snow covered mountains can also be seen from here especially the Pir Panjal range. The shrine is one of the oldest in the region and in the Kashmir valley. The shrine also has a circular cell which provides views of the valley below and the innermost chamber of this temple was renovated and is now covered with modern ceilings. This temple also is a very well known spot amongst the religious tourists and it is also known to have a lot of religious as well as architectural importance in the region.
The temple is used for regular worship and pilgrims visit the temple during the Amarnath Yatra.
 
Best time to visit:  May to September 
 
Temple Timing: 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
 
How to Reach,
Shankaracharya Temple is easy to access by roadways. There are several private bus service providers who run deluxe bus packages from nearby cities to Srinagar is connected to Chandigarh and Jammu etc.
 
Nearest Railway station; Shridham Railway Station 
Nearest Airport: Srinagar Air Force Base Airport
 

Location

Country
India
State
Jammu & Kashmir
City
Srinagar
Location
Rainawari
Address
Shankaracharya Temple, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
Contact Info
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Srinagar
Nearest Railway Station
Shridham (SRID)
Nearest Airport




Open Year
371 B
Architect
Early Kashmiri style
Dedicated To
Raja Gopadatya
Visiting Hours
7:00 am to 8:00 pm

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