The Shankaracharya temple also known as the jyesteshwara temple. It is situated on the top of the Shankaracharya hill in the Zabarwan Mountain in Srinagar, Kashmir which is dedicated to lord shiva.
It is believed that raja gopadatya got the temple constructed in 371 BC, giving it the name of gopadri. The name of the temple is after the great philosopher Shankaracharya who visited the valley about the ten centuries ago.
Shankaracharya temple is a monument of great significance not only because it’s religious importance but also for its architectural beauty. It has a high octagonal platform supporting, approached by a flight of approximately hundred steps. Even there exists also a Persian inscription inside the temple.
The shrine has a circular cell that provides a wonderful view of the valley below. The inner chamber of this temple is covered with a modern ceiling. The great philosopher Shankaracharya has stayed here when he visited Kashmir to revive sanatan dharma.
This temple is used for regular worship and pilgrims visit the temple during the Amarnath yatra. The entrance to the hill is secured by army. The best time to visit this temple is between May and September when the weather is pleasant. It snows in the winter month in and around Srinagar.
Apart from the beauty of shivlinga, you can enjoy beautiful view of Srinagar from the top of the mountain.