There are a number of mysteries associated with the ancient times of gods and goddesses which are still unknown to many. And nor mentioned in the holy scriptures of Hindus. It is believed that all the episodes occurred in the ancient times consisting of the 4 yugas which are Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dwapara Yuga and Kali Yuga are mentioned in any of the holy scriptures or Vedas or Upanishads. There exists nothing that these books and scriptures do not contain.
Every part of the world is somewhere associated or collaborated with the ancient times of Ramayana and Mahabharata. But can you think of the destroyer and the transformer “Lord Shiva” himself being associated with the most horrific country Pakistan? Yes, that’s right. There exists a Shiv temple in Pakistan. And it has a deeper history than you can imagine.
There are a number of temples all over the world in the name of Lord Shiva.Out of which some are recent ones and some are beyond the count of time of its existence.“Katasraj Mandir” is the temple in the name of Lord Shiva. It is located in Punjab near Choa Saidanshah, Chakwal district of Pakistan. It is said that the site originally housed a cluster of “7 temples” and was also the home of a warrior.
Unfortunately, only one of the seven temples remains as the others were in a devasted condition and extinguished away with time span. And history speaks that “the pond” attached with this temple has much to say and this story is gonna stun you for sure.
The pond, the faithful believe, was created from a teardrop of the weeping Shiva as he flew across the sky carrying the dead body of his wife “Sati”. He shed two tears, one creating this pond and the other one falling and making a pond in Ajmer, Rajasthan.The pond measures 200 feet by 90 feet.
Pandavas associated with the pond!!
It is also said that “the Pandavas” came to this place during theirVanvas (exile).
As soon as they went near the lake, the protector of the lake “Yaksha” appeared and said that only those who would answer a few questions will be allowed to drink water. Four Pandavas were unable to answer the questions and were rendered lifeless and Yudhishtira answered the last and he revived his brothers.
Historical records suggest many of the temples, constructed in the Kashmiri architectural tradition, came up in the 11th century CE, when this region, along with parts of Punjab, fell under a Kashmiri kingdom.
Katas Raj is not just a scared Hindu site, though. A little distance from the pond are the remains of a gurdwara which Guru Nanak is believed to have stayed in during his journey around the world, visiting shrines associated with different religions. Adjacent to Ram’s temple are the remains of the haveli of Hari Singh Nalwa, the most famous general in Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s army.
Behind the haveli are the partially excavated remains of a Buddhist stupa, originally a temple complex that was appropriated when the Subcontinent came under the sway of Buddhism during the reign of Emperor Ashoka. In the 11th century, Al-Biruni, the famed Muslim scholar who introduced Hinduism to the West, is believed to have spent time here, studying Hinduism.
In the present time…
The temple had almost lost its identity. But the former Indian deputy prime minister LK Advani visited the temple in 2005 and requested the government to renovate the shrine. Since then, it has been a barometer of India-Pakistan relations. As the Pervez Musharraf regime went about repairing ties with Delhi in the mid-2000s, Katas Raj was well looked after. A large number of Indian pilgrims were encouraged to visit for the Shivratri festival and have bath in the holy water.
The flow of the pilgrims reduced as the India-Pakistan relationship deteriorated in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. In many ways, Katas Raj’s history reflects Pakistan’s evolving attitude towards its Hindu heritage. After Partition, while ancient Buddhist sites were preserved, and promoted, as part of the country’s rich history, the Hindu heritage was ignored as the trauma of Partition and the quest for shaping an identity distinct from Hindu India animated the national narrative.
During the wars of 1965 and 1971 with India, members of the Hindu and Sikh communities were attacked. In 1992, after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in India, many Hindu temples in Pakistan were destroyed.