The Shankaracharya Temple (), also known as the Jyesteshwara temple or Pas-Pahar, is an ancient temple located on Gopadari Hill in the south-east of Srinagar, India.It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered to be the oldest shrine in the Kashmir valley.
The Shankracharya Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is thought to be the oldest shrine in the Kashmir valley.
The reason because the temple of Shankaracharya symbolizes the very core of rituals that form the base of Hindu faith. Be it the chanting of slokas or be it the offering of prayers to the presiding deity, Shankaracharya represents the traditional beliefs and customs of Hinduism.
In olden days a great festival used to be held by the Hindus on the 10th day of the lunar fortnight of Baisak which corresponds to March. Just above the Dal Gate they would come in doonga's to bathe. This was called Monda daham, probably in memory of the killing of the demon Mond by the goddess Sharika.
This temple stands on a solid rock and consists of an octagonal basement of 13 layers. Each of the four sides has two projections which terminate in pediment and agable, the latter intersecting the main roof half way up its slope. The body of... Read More