️welcome to Avantiswami templeon my way back from Pahalgam to Srinagar,I stopped at this historical place and the moment I entered,I met a man with a greying beard and large blue turban pops out of nowhere and greets me eagerly, shaking my hand enthusiastically with the monument standing aloof behind me.
Trilok Singh, a resident guide here for over twenty years, has decoded a lot of these icons. He has been showing visitors around, or at least the handful that do get here.
Avantiswami Temple is located 28 km from Srinagar on the highway connecting Srinagar and Anantnag. This temple is named after King Awantivarman and has a Vishnu temple and Shiva temple. These temple ruins of Vishnu Temple were built in 9th century AD. Vishnu temple which is in ruins now was excavated in the 18th century. One can admire the Greek architectural style of construction as well as other intricately carved stone sculptures. Located bang on the road to Anantnag, this temple is not difficult to locate.More