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Katasraj temple

Introduction:
Katasraj Mandir is a Hindu temple complex situated in Katas village near Choa Saidanshah in the Chakwal district of Punjab in Pakistan.

Dedicated to Shiva, the temple has, according to Hindu legend, existed since the days of Mahābhārata and the Pandava brothers spent a substantial part of their exile at the site and later Krishna himself laid the foundation of this temple and established his hand made Shivling in it.

The Pakistan Government is considering nominating the temple complex for World Heritage Site status. In 2007, it also proposed to restore the temple complex.In 2012, the temple pond is drying up due to heavy use of ground water for industrial purposes.In January 2017, Pakistani authorities began installation of shikharas on the temples.

Location:
The Katasraj Temple complex is located 40 kilometres from Chakwal District. It takes a little effort to reach Katasraj by road – one has to go off the M2 motorway – (Islamabad- Lahore) at the Kallar Kahar interchange, Then follow the road to Choa Saidan Shah for 24 km and after passing the cement factory the road passes through the temple complex, with the major temple complex and the pond on the right.A very Historic Village is also located near by known a Dulmial