Katas Raj: Restoring heritage

This is perhaps for the first time in the history of Pakistan that the government is spending close to $30 million for the restoration of a Hindu temple. India is believed to have chipped in $3 million for the project.

The three-phase restoration work of the Katas Raj temple complex is being carried out in collaboration with the Archeological Survey of India.

The temple complex reflects influences of Hindu Shahi, Gandhara and other schools of architecture. Hindu pilgrims were allowed passage to Katas Raj for the first time in 1982.

As the myth goes, Pandvas stayed in the caves adjacent to the temple, and the pond was created by the tears of Lord Shiva when he lamented Parvati's death.

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