It was a festive season when we were planning for a trip in advance. It was Dushehra in North India and Durga Pooja in West Bengal and in other neighboring states. Initially, we had given thoughts to visit the beautiful terrains of Northeast India but the trains were full and it was not possible to travel by other means to travel this long (2000+ kilometer) from Delhi. So finally we stuck to the nearby places and found a very beautiful but little known place of Himachal Pradesh. Yes! It was Masroor Rock temple!
Masroor Rock temple is in Himachal Pradesh but the best way to reach there is by train if you are going from Delhi. Actually I always prefer to travel by train. I think travelling by train is convenient, comfortable and best as it is comparatively cheaper than other modes. We have travelled Himachal several times but always have affection for this beautiful land. We took Dhauladhar Express ( 14035) from its origin station Sarai Rohilla (Delhi) as its best suited to us. It starts at 11:30 PM from its origin station and reached Pathankot at about 8:00 next day Morning. It’s an overnight journey which saved lot of our time. If you are willing to travel in a Toy train, you can take a train up to Nagrota Suriyan near Kangda (HP) but mostly this trains remains cancelled due to bad condition of the railway trek. In this case, you can take a bus for Nagrota Suriyan or Rani Tal from Pathankot and then you may proceed. This temple is near Lunj Town at about 6 km from Nagrota and 35 km from Kangda.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Goddess Devi. It was actually a group of temples earlier but an earthquake changed its face and many temples were destroyed due to several earthquakes. Now there is only one temple in the center. This group of the temple was made during the 8th century by Rock cutting and for this, a monolithic Rock was chosen. These temples were made in Nagra style of Indian architect in the lap of the Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal. There is a Kund (Pond) in front of these temples and you know Kund is an essential part of Nagra style in Hindu Culture. There are two adjacent temples with the main temple in the centre but these two temples are made in Mandala style of Architect. There is the main difference between these two styles of architect i.e Nagara & Mandala. In Nagara style, you can see Mandapa with a temple but in Mandala, style Mandapa does not exist.
Firstly Henry Shuttleworth in 1913 bring these temples to the world but later ASI took charge of this whole region.
Many people say that these temples look like Angkorwatt Temple groups of Combodia, but what is the truth? You better can check when you will visit here.
Masrur temple: symmetry of design
At first, it seems an extravagant and confused mass of spires, doorways, and ornaments. The perfect symmetry of the design, all centering in the one supreme spire, immediately over the small main cell, which together forms the vimana, can only be realized after a careful examination of each part in relation to the other.
—Henry Shuttleworth, 1913
Courtesy : Wikipedia
Distance of Masroor Rock temple from Major cities :
From Delhi – 465 KM
Pathankot – 83 KM
Kangda – 35 KM
Dharmshala – 45 KM