Tuesday, November 18, 2014

My Journey to Masroor Rock Cut Temples (Kangra, Himachal Pradesh) with Pictures and Review

Today, I am going to share experience of my recent visit to famous Rock Cut Temples in Masroor Village of Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh. This village is about 38 KM away from Kangra Town and here we can see 15 rock-cut temples in Indo-Aryan style.

I came to know about this place through the pictures a friend on Facebook. This place looked very attractive in pictures so I decided to visit this place.

I took the route through Dehra town situated at the bank of Beas river. The disadvantage of taking this route is poor road condition. It is around 35 KM from Dehra.

After a journey of one hour from Dehra, I reached the Masroor Rock Cut Temple site. When you reach the temple site, then you first see the back side of the temples.



Masroor Rock Temple, Rock Temple, Masroor, Himachal
                                                        Masroor Rock Cut Temples

The first view of Temples is very refreshing and I started exploring this place. In front of the Masroor Rock cut temples, we can see a small pond and on the left side, a government school.

It is believed that 1905 Kangra earthquake caused lots of damage to these temples; therefore, many of these temples are not in a good condition.

This site is now under the archeological department of India and they are responsible for its maintenance.



India, Laughing, Buddha, Masroor Rock, Temple
                           Indian Laughing Buddha at Masoor Rock Temple

In these temples, we get a chance to see the ancient artwork. Though, we can clearly see the damage caused by time on these statues. Above you can see a picture of the statue in which a person looks to be smiling.

Masroor, Rock Cut Temples, Kangra,
Hill Top to View Scenery Around
There are stairs available to reach the roof of the temple and adjoining hilltop from where you can see the scenery around.

The important fact about these temples is that they are only rock cut cave temple in northern India, whereas such temples are very common in Southern India. Therefore, this place becomes a must visit for all North Indians who can't visit Southern India.

These 15 monolithic rock cut temples of single stone as same in Ajanta and Ellora which shows the great importance of this place. 
Stone Statue, Masroor Rock Cut Temple, Rock Temple, Kangra
Stone Statues put one after another in Masroor Rock Cut Temple 

Archeological department of India has tried to restore the beauty of the temples. I didn't see any dirt around the temple complex.

These temples situated a height of 2500 feet on the hill top. One can also reach this temple from Ranital, this road is much better and wider.

Masroo Rock Cut Temple, Masroor, Rock Cut Temples
Central Temple

In this central temple, we can find stone images of Lord Ram, Sita, and Laxmana facing east.


Though, these temples are not in perfect condition but still they have lots to offer to us. By close observation, we can learn many things about the ancient civilizations and their artwork.

Masroor Rock Cut Temples,
Art Work Masroor Temples

In my opinion, this place is must visit for at least one time is life, I will love to visit this place again. The best time to visit this place is winters. 

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