Shankaracharya Hill in Srinagar

Renamed Takht-I-Suleiman, by ASI, it is widely believed that King Solomon visited this hilltop for worshipping.

Renamed Takht-I-Suleiman, by ASI, it is widely believed that King Solomon visited this hilltop for worshipping. | Photo credit: Saamiblog-flickr

Shankaracharya Hill Overview

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One of the popular sacred sites in Srinagar, the Shankaracharya Hill is a part of the Zabarwan Mountain that occupies the central part of Kashmir. The Aita Gaj Gap separates this igneous rock formation from the Shilamar Range. This hill was known as Jetha Larak in olden times and was later changed to Gopadari Hill. Several stories are associated with this hill, which holds immense religious significance. According to legends, the revered philosopher Adi Shankara visited this valley about a thousand years ago and resided here for some time. In honour of the saint, the hill and the ancient Shiva temple on the crest were named after him.

In recent years, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) renamed the Shankaracharya Hill as Takht-I-Suleiman, which means the 'Throne of Solomon'. It is widely believed that King Solomon came to Kashmir in ancient times and visited this hilltop for worshipping.

  • Photo Opp

    The crest of Shankaracharya Hill offers a fabulous vista of Srinagar. Every sight – whether it is of the lofty snow-capped mountains, sparkling lakes or distant cloud formations - commands a snapshot.

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Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir