The Rock Cut Temple of Masroor, famous as an archaeological site, is present in a deep wilderness of Kangra Valley in the state of Himachal Pradesh of India. The first time when I saw a photograph of the temple, I could not believe my eyes and the fact that the place is located in Himachal Pradesh. The temple resembles those of South and Central India. Moreover, I had never read or heard about any such place from anyone before, so it was hard for me to accept its existence. Since then, for many years, I have desired to visit it. One of a link road towards the place fell on the way from Nadaun to Hoshiarpur; the sign board welcoming to the place displayed there, it always attracted my attention, as if it called me towards itself.
Finally one day, I decided to visit the site. Through a secluded and shrubby terrain, we reached the place. That was a summer day, so the temperature outside was burning hotly. Normally nobody would have had walked out in that scorching sun, but in mere desperation, I ignored every hurdle in my way towards the ancient ruins.
From the parking place, only few large boulders of rocks were visible. As I walked through the stairs, more boulders welcomed me. I eagerly moved forward. On the last step, the breathtaking sculptures carved onto rocks revealed out. I was mesmerised by the sight of the enormous rock structures. As I moved farther, I saw water pool in front of the temple which completed the perfect look of the monument. The bizarre fact about the temple which was hard to believe was that the entire structure was carved out of a single rock.
According to historians, the monument was built in around 8th century C.E. by unknown artisans. The art and architecture of the temple resemble that of Kailasa Temple and Vettuvan Koil Temple, Thoothukudi District of Tamil Nadu, which too are carved out of a single rock with similar top to bottom cutting technique. The temple is said to be made according to Nagara architectural style and its main sanctum faces towards north-east direction. The temple is actually dedicated to Lord Shiva and many carvings of the deity were engraved around the temple.
I moved inside the campus through the main entrance near which lied many disassembled figurines. The temple seemed unfinished through most its part. There were few pillar bases near a staircase in the entrance and a cylindrical planter on which basil plants grew.
After visiting the main sanctum, I explored the surrounding walls and structures. There was a staircase carved inside to a rock. I climbed through it to the terrace of the temple. The pediment and the tower (vimana) were clearly visible from there. I observed the carvings on them; their perfection in geometry was applaudable. The view from the terrace was captivating without any doubt.
I then encircled around the ruins; there were many carvings of deities, and the lifestyle of locals were beautifully depicted on the walls. To further I climbed upstairs to a cliff adjoining to the temple. The beauty of the structure from that height was glorified to many times. The cliff held a caged display of many carvings from the temple that were dismantled otherwise. Each one of it took me back to the time when it was created, among those people who worked day and night, even in the scorching heat or shivering winters. And because of their hard works, we today, can cherish this wonder and get to know about their culture and lifestyle.
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This trip to the Masroor temple was productive, and the memories of the place engraved over my mind for the lifetime. If you want to visit the place then have a trip planned by Kallngoo
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