Tourist Spots in and around PattanHere they are:
Shankar Gaurisvara Temple in Pattan
Among the two temples, one is built by Shankar Varman himself. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is known as Shankar Gaurisvara Temple, This sanctum sanctorum in this temple is square. It also has a portico decorated with carved figurine. The portico also has an alcove in the shape of trefoil. However, the plinth and the peristyle of this temple are now buried under the soil.
Like most temples in Kashmir, Shankar Gaurisvara Temple has been constructed with big pieces of stones. It is believed that these pieces were brought from Parihaspora. The entrance of this temple faces east. Apart from the architectural splendor, this temple complex also possesses a beautiful garden. Many people also go there just to enjoy that.
Sugandesha Temple in Pattan
However, one interesting fact is that in this temple, the central structure is intact, while the walls have collapsed. Studies have shown that the temple first underwent significant damage in 10th or 11th century. However, the major damage was done in 1885.
Parihaspora near PattanIf you are in Pattan, you must also visit Parihaspora, located close to Pattan. It was built by great king Lalitaditya Mukatapida. At one point of time, Parihaspora was the capital of Kashmir and also a center of Buddhism. Now of course, everything lies in ruins. The city of laughter (pariahs) today is more popular as Kane Sahar (city of stones).
The entire city of Parihaspora was made out of large stones. Today, its ruins lay spread over an elevated table land, known as kerwa in Kashmiri. Excavation done in 1914 revealed ruins of different buildings such as a temple complex, a royal monastery, a stupa and a chaitya,.
The Temples of Parihaspura
Apart from it, the city had many other temples dedicated to different deities such as Kubera, Kartikeya, Vipulkeshwa, Ramaswamin, Shiva, Kamalkeshwa, and Mitreswara. However, no trace of these temples is found today; their mention is found only in ancient texts.
Royal Monastery or Raj Vihara in Parihaspura
Buddhist Stupa and Chaitya in Parihaspura
There was also a chaitya close by. It was also built by King Lalitaditya Mukatapida. This chaitya stands on a two tired base. To enter it one has to climb a flight of steps located on its eastern side. The sanctum is square in shape and is surrounded by circumambulatory passage. Images of dragons and other Mahayana symbols are clearly visible on its stones and pillars.
Apart from the above mentioned archeological wonders, there are other things to see as well. Parihaspora offers a fantastic view of the state capital Srinagar. The agricultural fields around this site also offer magnificent view.
Travel Agents in PattanHowever, if you find it difficult to visit these places, you may contact the following travel agents in Pattan. They are going to help you in every way.
Imran Travel Solutions
Goom Ahmadpora, Pattan
Phone No: 95962-11408
Limbus Tour and Travel
Parray Mohalla, Pattan
Phone No: 87159-70766
Opposite Little Buds School
Phone No: 94190-21601, 95962-10637
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