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Situated 32 kms from Kangra in Dharamsala on the Nagrota- Surian Link Road, Masroor Rock Cut Temple is an archaeological site which is currently in ruins. The complex is a combination of 15 rock cut temples designed in the Indo- Aryan style of architecture, believed to have been built in the 8th century (as per relics). Dedicated to the Hindu gods Shiva, Vishnu, Devi and Saura, the complex faces northeast, towards the Dhauladhar range. Currently under study, experts suggest that the edifice was a part of an elaborate plan of further construction which has been left incomplete. Most of the complex has been damaged, mostly due to earthquakes.
The Masroor Temples have been carved out of a single monolithic rock in Nagara style, with a Shikara. The complex has three entrances at present; however, evidently, a fourth entrance has been left incomplete. The architecture is inspired by Hindu texts - it has a sacred pool of water, the entire construction is symmetric and is laid out in a square. The main temple with a square sanctum occupies the centre place whereas the other tiny temples surround it in a mandala pattern. The intricate carvings in the interiors depict teachings from the Vedic period. Situated on the top of a rocky hill and surrounded by picturesque Dhauladhar mountains, the mesmerising Masroor Rock Cut Temple is thronged by devotees and tourists alike. It is also believed that taking a dip in the holy waters of the tank can cleanse your soul from the sins.
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