Katas Raj temple complex is a sad monument to Pakistan’s... - Secret World

Kalar Kahar Rd, Katas, Chakwal, Punjab, Pakistan

by Clarissa Burt


Katas Raj temple complex is a sad monument to Pakistan’s unease with its Hindu heritage The ancient religious site in Punjab has been a barometer of India-Pakistan relations in the last decade.The Katas site houses the Satgraha or seven temples, a gathering of seven old temple, remains of a Buddhist stupa, a couple of medieval sanctuaries, havelis and some as the newly built sanctuaries, scattered around a lake considered sacred by Hindus.According to Alan Cunningham, the first Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India in 1872-73 CE, Katasraj is the second biggest holy place in Punjab for Hindu pioneers after Jawala Mukhi. It is said prominent Pandwas brothers lived 12 years in Katas and assembled the sanctuaries of Satghara.Katas Raj, a conglomeration of temples preserves at least 1500 years worth of history ranging from Buddhist era to British rule in that particular space.