Awantipora Town

The archaeological monuments at Awantipora, Jawbrari, Kakapora, Naristan (in Tral) and other places signify the rich history of the District. Awantipora falls between Sangam and Lethpora. The place lies on the right bank of Jehlum. In the form of temple ruins, the remains of this city lie on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway about 28 kms from Srinagar. The architectural elegance of the two temples at Awantipora is a testimony to the fact that Kashmiri architecture was distinct during that period. The town is said to have been founded by King Awanti-verman in 883-885 A.D. who had established his capital here. The king had built two temples in the town which are dedicated to the Lord Vishnu and Shiva.

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Awanti-verman was a great patron of art and culture. Besides Avanti Swami temple, (Pandaav Larr in Kashmiri) he built another temple which is about a kilometer away at Jawbrari. The temples were circled by artificial lakes. Raja Awanti Verman, who became a King of Kashmir in the 6th decade of 9th century, set up a new capital with the name ‘Awantipora’. According to R.S. Pandit, his regime was the golden era of Kashmir. During his period, the course of Vitasta was changed, resulting in prosperity , paving way for peace and amity in Kashmir. Though the king was Shivaite yet he had constructed religious places for other faiths and sects. The town is said to have been founded by King Awanti Verman in 883-885 A.D. But, after the death of the king, his son, Shanker Verman ascended the throne and retained Awantipora as his capital. He also conquered many other areas and extended his kingdom beyond Kashmir.