The Masroor festival will be held here every year, the Himachal Pradesh government has announced. The Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation will conduct a two-day cultural festival at the historical Masroor rock cut temple in district Kangra.
The Masroor temple was believed to have been be constructed somewhere in 8th century and is one of the oldest specimens of rock cut temple. The festival would be held annually around December 21, it has been announced.
The State Tourism Department had sought financial assistance of Rs. 500 crore from Asian Development Bank to develop tourism in the area. Rs. four crore was being spent in the Kangra Tourism Circuit which also includes development of Masroor temple complex.
The research and documentation work done by N K Singh on Masroor rock cut temples would help in developing heritage tourism in the State.
The State Government was also considering organising conducted tour of school children to Masroor Temple and Pong Dam to acquaint them with the rich heritage the State possessed.
Ekasham Shailkritya Mandir Samooh, or the Rock Cut Temples of Masroor, Kangra are among the best such rock temples in the world. It is an outstanding example of monolithic temples in the Himalayan region. The entire complex comprises of more than 15 temple shikhars and a large water pond. Everything has been carved out of sand stone rocks. A huge hill has been modified into a series of temples.
Sadly, the entire complex was destroyed in a major earthquake, that severely affected the Kangra valley in 1905. The Archeological Survey of India has gone all out to restore the beauty of the place and declared this as a national monument in 1914.
The debris of the temples are strewn all over this area.
Bang in the middle of the complex, is the main shrine -- the thakurdwara enshrining the black stone image of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana, facing east.
The Masroor temple, a few kms away from the Kangra City, lies in a village called Masroor. You can reach here by car from Dharamsala in about two to three hours.