Awantiswami Vishnu Temple

Located in the southeast of Srinagar, on the banks of the river Jhelum, Avantiswami Temple was believably dedicated to Lord Vaikunta Vishnu. Presently, it is totally dilapidated and lying in the crumbles. According to the beliefs, the temple was inspired by the Gandharva style. Numerous coins made up of copper were excavated from the site after excavation in the early twentieth century. And, they belonged to Shah Miri dynasty and Durrani Afgan rulers. Talking about its architecture, the temple is nestled in the centre of an oblong courtyard built on a double base and surrounded by four shrines at the corners. Also, one can see a pillared Mandapa in front of the staircase belonging to the main shrine. According to the sayings, the temple has gone 20 ft down the earth during the course of time. At present, the apex of the temple is only visible. Even the edifice that is visible to us gives ample clues about the excellent carvings and sculptures of that time. The bases of the temple are still intact. However, the sanctum and the original magnificence of the temple have been lost.

About Awantiswami Vishnu Temple

Located in the southeast of Srinagar, on the banks of the river Jhelum, Avantiswami Temple was believably dedicated to Lord Vaikunta Vishnu. Presently, it is totally dilapidated and lying in the crumbles. According to the beliefs, the temple was inspired by the Gandharva style. Numerous coins made up of copper were excavated from the site after excavation in the early twentieth century. And, they belonged to Shah Miri dynasty and Durrani Afgan rulers. Talking about its architecture, the temple is nestled in the centre of an oblong courtyard built on a double base and surrounded by four shrines at the corners. Also, one can see a pillared Mandapa in front of the staircase belonging to the main shrine. According to the sayings, the temple has gone 20 ft down the earth during the course of time. At present, the apex of the temple is only visible. Even the edifice that is visible to us gives ample clues about the excellent carvings and sculptures of that time. The bases of the temple are still intact. However, the sanctum and the original magnificence of the temple have been lost.

Outstanding Universal Value

During the 8th century AD, Hindus’ Vaishnava and Shaiva cults as well as a seat of Sanskrit learning and literature flourished in the Kashmir valleys. The temple dates back to the 9th century when Jammu and Kashmir were under the reign of king Avantivarman (ruled 855-83), the founder of Kashmir's Utpala dynasty. He built two magnificent temples in the town of Avantipur—the Avantiswami Temple dedicated to Vishnu and the Avantishwara Temple dedicated to Shiva. These temples have withstood the constant invasions and the forces of nature that the town of Awantipora has faced. Excavated in the 18th century, the Vishnu temple would have been a magnificent structure during its time, with some pillars standing tall even today.

Monument Information

Address

Awantiswami Temple, National Highway 1A, Awantipora, Pulwama District, Jammu & Kashmir

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Srinagar International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Jammu Tawi Railway Station, Srinagar Station
  • Nearest Bus Station : Awantipora bus station

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm

Weather

  • Monsoon : Maximum: 18°C, Minimum: 5°C

    Summer : Maximum: 29.5 °C, Minimum: 10.6 °C.

    Winter : Maximum: 7 °C, Minimum: 1 °C.

    Recommended Season to Visit : September- November or March-May

Facilities available At the Monument

  • Basic amenities available

Accommodation near the monument

Contact Details

  • Dr. Vasant Kumar Swarnakar
  • Phone: 094192-38323
  • E-mail: circlesrinagar.asi@gov.in

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Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
FOREIGNER Visitor:
Total ₹ 300
₹ 300 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax