Monday, 12 May 2014

Hindu Temple At Amb


Amb is a small village in the hilly area of district Khushab. Centuries ago it was an important Hindu religious centre. Two large temples still exist today. I visited this place on 3rd of March, 2009, and took some pictures Which you can see below.

It is located at 32° 30' 30.33" N, 71° 56' 11.50" E. Exact date of construction perhaps is not known, but these were built somewhere in 9th or 10th century AD. One thing can be said with certainty that these were built before the invasions of Sultan Mehmood Ghaznavi. It is unnecessary to say that there is no official care or protection. 

For an adventurous souls it is a place worth visiting. Person having interest in history also can learn a lot. The area is hilly and nearby Soon valley is famous for its beauty. With lush green meadows and a couple of lakes, it is a nice place for picnic as well. It also has many archaeological sites, which are yet to be properly explored. The highest mountain of Salt Range, the Sakesar, is just 4 kilometers away in the north. Sakesar itself is a wonderful place. But due to a very high powered radar station of PAF, some areas are restricted.  

View of the main temple.
A pillar constructed to support the structure.
Yes, that's me on the left and Sahibzada Shah Sultan sahib of Nali sharif, Khushab. Whom I often drag with me on such kinds of excursions. 
A view towards the south west. 
Second temple, about 75 meters west of the main temple. 
View of the main temple from the northern side. 
The smaller temple, entrance. 
Another view of the main temple. 
Another view of the smaller temple.

It is a little bit tricky to reach here for a person not familiar with this area. So if you ever decide to come, it's better to take a local person with you as a guide.

I shall appreciate your comments on the above post. Similarly I most welcome your suggestions to improve it or any more information on this subject, which  I shall use with all due credit. 

Tariq Amir

May 12, 2014.
Doha - Qatar 
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