Shankaragaurishvara temple,Pattan,Kashmir.
Built by Shankaravarman (Utpala dynasty) who ruled b/w 883-902A.D. It has similar architecture as of Shankaracharya Temple.Shankarvarman established his capital at Shankarapattana ,present day Pattan .Apart 4m this temple he built
Another temple next to it in honour of his wife& named it Sugandhesa Temple after his wife Sughandha who also ruled 4m 904-906 after death of her husband & sons.Both the temples r dedicated to Shiva.The temple's main entrance is 4m east as per Hindu temple architecture.
Both the temples are in ruins after successive destruction by Sikander Butshikan & his successors

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Mano vinoda madbhutam bibhartu
Bhuta bhartari
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