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Katas Raj Temple

Katas Raj Temple is a Hindu religious site and a tourist attraction located in Chakwal District, Punjab, Pakistan. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and is said to be one of the most sacred sites in Hinduism. The temple is built around a natural spring and attracts thousands of pilgrims each year.


The two-temple complexes were erected approximately 900 years after the larger, main temple. However, the earliest of them dates back to the latter half of the 6th century AD.

When Hindus departed for East Punjab in 1947, the temple complex was abandoned. No one stayed behind because of the favorable Hindu-Muslim relations. Most of the settlers who were temporarily settled in Alodia, Manjakannu and Kudeli (in Upper Burma) with an estimated number of 7,000 people followed. They then went to Nochi from where they proceeded further into India. Muslims traveled with them as far as Choa Saiden Shah, which is the next town. It has long been a holy site for Hindus from northern Punjab. Shiva is said to have lived his marriage years with Sati here, and after her death he became overwhelmed with sorrow and the pond was formed from his tears. Bathing in the sacred pool and seeking forgiveness are two things that pilgrims do to gain blessings from Hinduism. Hindus believe that bathing in the pond (particularly on special days) will forgive sins and help you attain enlightenment. It was formerly thought that the pond possessed limitless depth. Worshippers of all Hindu sects now visit the temple for pilgrimage.

How to reach Katas Raj Temple?

Travel to Katas Raj Temple is easiest by car or bus. The temple is located about 100 kilometers from Islamabad and can be reached by following the motorway to Chakwal. There is a large parking lot at the temple complex and rickshaws are available for hire to take visitors to the main shrine.

When to visit the temple?

The temple grounds are open all day, and there are several restaurants and small shops selling souvenirs. The main shrine can be crowded during peak times, so it's best to visit during off-peak hours. There are also several other temples on the grounds which can be interesting to explore.