Shankarachariya

The hiltop, present "Koh-i-Suleiman" is reported to have been visited by King Soloman/Suleiman/Sandhimau during 2629-2564 BC, that is why it is still now as Takht-e-Suleiman. The visit gets substantiated when archaeologists/historians report about the mound in "Osh" Kyrgystan (Central Asia) which is reported to have been blessed by king suleimn's vist, when he move towards East. It still bears the name Takht-e-Suleiman or Seat of Suleiman. The place is a seat of pilgrimage for local muslims and Nestorian Chirstians. The present structure at the hill top was built by king Gopadatiya 426-365 BC, subsequently restored by Gopadatta in 78 AD and further repaired by king Lalitaditya 699-736 AD. It is reported that sultan Zain-ul-Abdin (Budshah) also ordered for its repairs during (1420-1470) AD. The village below the hill is still now as Gopkar. Some report that it was built by King Jaloka in 220 BC. It is also reported that the structure had a stone slab mentioning about the visit of Youz Asif to the valley Kashmir which has either been stolen or damaged during Sikh/Dogra rule due to religious base. Notwithstanding the presents lingan inside the temple is reported to have been placed by Raja Histi in 54 hindu era. The hill top was rechristened as Shankeracharya after reappearance of Hindu revivalist movement (Brahmanical) lead by Shankeracharya (a non-local) from south India. It is also reported that the hill was called as Shankeracharya from April 1865 AD, on the orders of Maharaj Ranbir Singh, when persecution of Kashmiri muslims started in valley, as a reaction to Shawal Baf's agitation against Dogra rule in Srinagar City, because of leve of heavy taxes on shawls.