The Masrur Temples, also referred to as Masroor Temples or Rock-cut Temples at Masrur, is an early 8th-century complex of rock-cut Hindu temples in the Kangra Valley of Beas River in Himachal Pradesh, India. The Masroor temple is built on the hills situated at a height of around 2500 feet & 32 km from Kangra in Himachal also it is considered one of the wonders of the world. Millions of devotees reach here every year. Rare carvings on all the walls from the main gate of the temple are still present.
Its construction and carving is nothing short of a mystery to artisans even today. It is said that it took more than 100 years to build this temple. The temple is mysterious. Till date, the artisans could not trace the art of making such artwork. No one is fully aware of the artisans who built the temple. The carvings used in the construction of the temple are said to date back to the Pallava King Narasimha Varman I in the seventh century. It was constructed along with several temples in South India
It was a group of 15 stable and strong rocks which the artisans cut and shaped the temple. These rocks have Indo Aryan style carvings. This is the only temple in northern India that has been built by cutting rocks. Images of Lord Shri Ram, Lakshmana and Sita are inscribed on the main temple. There is also an artwork of Lord Shiva here. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva only.
However, the temple has also lost its beauty due to the external invasion and the 1905 earthquake. But today there are only a few who retain their beauty. Some parts of the temple are also kept in the State Museum Shimla. This Masroor temple of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, which will preserve the unique art and mysterious history, will now become the ideal monument of the country. Under the Adarsh Smarak Yojana, 25 national and world heritage sites across the country have been identified for tourism purpose.
The rock-cut temple of Masroor, known as Wonder of World and Himalayan Pyramid, is a unique and mysterious history of the world heritage race. This 8th century temple is the only such temple in North India.