Interfaith Harmony Through the Ages: The Shiv Temple in Azad Kashmir and its Legacy from the Hindu Shahi Era (7th -11th Century)


  • Ataullah Shah Amritsari Lecturer at the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University Rajouri (Indian-held Kashmir)


Hindu Shahi Dynasty, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, Kabul Valley, King Jayapala, Tourist Economy


The Shiv Temple in Azad Kashmir boasts a rich historical legacy spanning centuries, serving as a revered site for worship among Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims alike. This shared historical narrative presents a unique avenue for advancing tourism in the region, promoting economic growth through the burgeoning tourist industry. This research investigates the examination of how the historical and cultural significance of the Shiv Temple can serve as a magnet for visitors hailing from diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. The distinctive architectural features of the temple, coupled with the natural splendor surrounding Azad Kashmir, promise a rewarding experience for tourists. Initiatives to showcase the region’s vibrant history and diverse cultural heritage, such as cultural festivals and guided tours, can further enhance the appeal to a broad spectrum of visitors.

A universally acknowledged truth is the essential role that tourism plays in generating employment opportunities, especially within the local hospitality and service sectors. In alignment with this premise, this study charts a course to fortify the local economy and alleviate poverty in the region. The promotion of tourism is posited not only to spur economic growth but also to catalyze the development of essential infrastructure and amenities, including hotels and restaurants, thereby amplifying the overall quality of the tourist experience and contributing to the sustainable growth of the local economy.


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How to Cite

Ataullah Shah Amritsari. (2024). Interfaith Harmony Through the Ages: The Shiv Temple in Azad Kashmir and its Legacy from the Hindu Shahi Era (7th -11th Century). Insights of Mystical, Spiritual and Theological Studies, 3(1), 36–40. Retrieved from