Interest in heritage leads to observations and explorations beyond one's own neighbourhoods. One starts to value diversity and multiplicity of heritage and its manifestations across the length and breadth of India.
- By Janhvi Dahiphale
King Avantivarman, who ruled Kashmir from 853AD to 888AD built two temples- Avantiswami Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and Avantisvara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The two temples dating from 9th Century are only one kilometer apart. The Avantisvara Temple is renovated and now in use, however, Avantiswami Temple is now a ruin and that constitutes a part of the great heritage of India.
In 18th Century, Avantiswami Temple was excavated by the British. Some idols were taken to a museum in England but quite a few can still be seen in the SPS Museum in Srinagar.
|This is a carving of King Avantivarman
himself along with his queens
|The guide also told us that in the northern part of India you can find a lot of temples of Lord Shiva.
But it is difficult to find one of Lord Vishnu and this temple is one of them.