Cave temples at Gurdaspur in Punjab state of India, are a group of very ancient temples dug into the rock face on the banks of Ravi River.
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Cave temples of Gurdaspur are believed to be associated with “Pandavas”, of the great Hindu epic, Mahabharatha. There is a cleft a little away from the rock temple site at Shahpur Kandi, which is known as “Arjun’s Chulha” (Hindi word ‘chulha’ means ‘stove’ in English; ‘Arjun is one among the five brothers, known as “Pandavas”, in the great Hindu epic, Mahabharatha.) “Sehdev’s Cave” is another famous at Shahpur Kandi. All these suggests to the association of these places to ‘Pandavas’.
Cave temples near to Gurdaspur are also called ‘Doong Caves’, as they are close to Doong city.
The Gurdaspur district, the northern most district of Punjab, is sand-witched between the rivers ‘Ravi’ and ‘Beas’.
Gurdaspur district shares its borders with Pakistan on the north western side, Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir state on the northern side. Chamba and Kangra districts of Himachal Pradesh state lies on the north-eastern side of Gurdaspur district. Hoshiarpur district borders Gurdaspur district on the south-eastern side while Kapurthala district lies on the southern side of Gurdaspur district. Amritsar district lies on the the south western side of Gurdaspur district.
How do I Go to The Cave Temples of Gurdaspur?
The cave temples of Gurdaspur are located mid-way between Dhar and Shahpur Kandi, near to Doong. The cave temples of Gurdaspur are situated 8 kilometers north-east of Shahpur Kandi. Pathankot is a major city near to Gurdaspur.