Shankaracharya temple

ShanThe Shankaracharya temple is situated in the Srinagardistrict on the hill known as Takht-e-Suleiman. It is housed at a height of 1100 ft. above surface level of the main city on the hill. The sacred,%Shankaracharya temple, also known as Jyeshteswara, occupies the top of the hills (about 1,000 feet (300,%m) above the surrounding Takht-I-Sulaiman plains in the south-east of Srinagar. The site, initially named Gopadri, dates back to 250 BC as a Buddhist monument, probably built by,%Emperor Ashokas son Jhaloka. In the 7th century it was replaced by the present temple by King Lalitaditya. The philosopher Shankaracharya is documented as having stayed at this place when he visited Kashmir ten centuries ago to revive,%San%tana Dharma.

Built on a high octagonal plinth (20 feet (6.1,%m) high) on solid rock and approached by a flight of steps with side walls that once bore inscriptions, the main surviving shrine consists of square building with a circular cell. It overlooks the Srinagarvalley and can be approached by car. A modern ceiling covers the inner sanctum and a,%Persian,%inscription traces its origin to the reign of Emperor,%Shah Jahan. There is also a,%Shiva Linga,%coiled by a serpent, located in a basin inside the sanctum. The original ceiling was dome-shaped and the current brick roof is said to be about a century old.