Katas Raj- One of the significant Hindu Shrines of Pakistan

Katas Raj site in the Chakwal District of Punjab Province, Pakistan is considered as one of the most significant Hindu shrines of Pakistan. The site, housing a group of temples with Lord Shiva as main deity, has its history dating back to the pre-vedic times, around 615-960 CE. Notably, the shrine (called Dwaitavana according to the epic Mahabharata) is famous for its history of housing Pandavas of Mahabharata during their exile for almost 12 years. Continue reading “Katas Raj- One of the significant Hindu Shrines of Pakistan”

A Temple of Gradually-Growing Idol

Did you ever heard of a growing idol? Then you must know about Yaganti (originally Neganti) shrine in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh, India. The famous Yaganti cave and hill temple has with Umamaheswara as its main deity and also a maginificent Nandi idol, in front of ‘Garbhagruha’ as in all Lord Shiva temples usually. The interesting part of this temple is the ‘growing Nandi idol’.You heard it right. The Nandi idol in the temple has been growing gradually over the centuries. The idol, which was very small over the last century, has grown in size over a century, and has currently filled the space between the idol and the pillar beside it, the path of pradakshina (moving around holy idols in Hindu temple tradition). Continue reading “A Temple of Gradually-Growing Idol”