Also referred to as “Jytesteshwara or Pas-Pahar” by Buddhists is a renowned Hindu temple located in Jammu and Kashmir known as Shankaracharya. This “Lord Shiva” devoted temple is situated in the city of Srinagar on a hill called Gopadri. Apparently, according to an inscription found on the steps leading to the main shrine it is believed that Jesus Christ is supposed to have graced this temple. In addition, this temple has been constructed on a solid rock and comprises of a 20-feet octagonal base that supports a square shaped building on top.
a. Best time to visit the Shankaracharya Temple
The ideal time to visit this temple is from April to October when the climate is extremely pleasant with the temperature ranging from maximum of 30 degree Celsius to a minimum of 14 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Shankaracharya Temple
Shankaracharya Temple Map
1. By train:
The closest station to this temple is the Jammu Tawi and the Udhampur Railway Station. Both these stations are well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Pathankot, Pahalgam, and Patnitop
- Via New Delhi:
There are two routes from New Delhi to this temple, and they are via NH44 and via NH9 and NH44.
- Via Pathankot:
There is one route from Pathankot to this temple, and it is via NH44.
- Via Pahalgam:
There are two routes from Pahalgam to this temple, and they are via NH501 and NH44.
- Via Patnitop:
There is one route from Patnitop to this temple, and it is via NH44.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is located in Srinagar. The Srinagar Airport is well connected to major cities in the country such as New Delhi.
c. Religious significance of the Shankaracharya Temple
It is said that the original temple was constructed way back in 200 BC. The current temple structure though is said to have been constructed during the 9th century AD. Apparently this temple was a Buddhist temple which was then converted into a Hindu shrine by Adi Shankaracharya who visited this region. In addition, an inscription inscribed using the Persian language on the steps leading to this shrine mentions the name of Jesus Christ indicating that he may have visited India. Furthermore, there is a shiv linga that can be seen in this temple which is supposed to have been enshrined in the 19th century during the “Sikh era”.