The festival of Shivratri was celebrated few days back with great fanfare in every small and big Shiva temples. Mahashivratri festival is celebrated not only in our country, but also in neighboring Pakistan. There are also many ancient Hindu temples in Pakistan. Katas Raj Mandir is one of the same. This temple belongs to Lord Shiva.
About 40 kms from Chakwal village in Pakistan, a distance of 280 kilometers from Lahore, this place is located on a hill called Katas. There are many beliefs related to this place, this temple of Shivaji is about a thousand years old. In the Mahabharata period, Pandavas had spent some time here during their ignorance. Therefore, it is the main center of the faith of Hindus.
Katas Raj Mandir- Pakistan:
How Katas Raj Mandir was founded:
According to the assumptions, the khatak kund of Katasraj temple is made of Lord Shiva’s tears. There is a story behind the construction of this temple. It is said that when Goddess Sati died, Lord Shiva cried so much in her memories that a dune was formed from his tears. One is the pilgrimage center of Pushkar of Rajasthan and the other is present in the Katas Raj temple of Pakistan.
200 Indian can visit this temple:
According to the Indo-Pak protocol 1972, every year 200 Indians can go to Katas Raj. Similarly, followers of Hindu religion go to this temple on the occasion of Mahashivaratri and perform rituals to Lord Shiva. But due to the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan, this time, Indians are scared to go.
During the Mahabharat Period:
It is said that this temple was constructed from the sixth century to the ninth century. It is believed that this temple was also in the Mahabharata period ie Tretayuga. Several stories of Pandavas associated with this temple are also famous here. It is said that the seven temples here were built by the Pandavas during the Mahabharata period. The Pandavas had spent about four years here during their exile. It is also believed that there was talk of Yudhisthira and Yaksh on the banks of this river.
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