A proud symbol of the glorious Chaulukya dynasty, situated on the bank of Pushpavati river, Modhera Sun Temple woke up to instant stardom, owing to its exquisite Hindu Sun Temple. Dating back to 1026-27 CE, this granite temple features an architectural design like no other. Gujarat is full of surprises and this ruin draws connoisseurs and suckers of history and fine art from every corner of the world. We too were captivated by the bounteous beauty of Modhera Sun Temple. Modhera Sun Temple is beyond majestic architecture but a marvelous witness of ancient India and culture.
When you realize this jaw-dropping structure and the years of hard work were plundered with one stroke of destruction it would leave you anguished.
So, whenever you travel to Gujarat, do not forget to add this beauty to your list. Reason?
Let’s give you a glimpse of it…
Modhera flourished in its time under the rule of the Chalukyas Dynasty. The temple was built by King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty during 1026-27 AD in Maru- Gurjara style or Chalukyas style. This temple was plundered with one stroke of destruction by Mohammed Ghazni and the deity Sun idol was removed by him. However, King Bhima successfully impeded Ghazni’s invasion and returned to power, he ordered the reconstruction of the temple.
The whole temple is created under one cut without using any lime to fill the gap. Every wall of the temple is carved with detailed descriptions of our culture, from Ramayana to Mahabharata, from human lifecycle to erotic sculpture. The entire temple is divided into three segments.
The Surya Kund, which is a deep, 100 sq meter tank right in the front of the temple, was earlier used to store pure water used for worship. Also known as Rama Kund, this is stepwell-styled water that covered an area of 21,000 sq. feet.
The assembly halls or sabha mandapa used to be the place for religious gatherings, worships, religious functions, and performances in the Solanki dynasty. The roof is brilliantly backed by 52 carved pillars which represent 52 weeks of the year. This magnificent carved ceiling represents our past glorious Indian creation and cultural values. The hall has an octagonal shape which is open on all sides. The pillars of the hall depicted Krishna Leela, Lord Krishna with Gobardhan Parvat on his fingertips, Draupadi’s Swayamvar and so many intriguing epics.
The Guda Mandapa or the Sanctum Sanctorum used to bear the idol of the Sun before being evacuated by Ghazni. The sanctum is designed in such a way the idol of the Sun got the first glimpse of the Sun at equinoxes. One can easily observe twelve different facets of the sun for each month on the wall. It is believed that the walk from Kunda to Guda Mandapa is observed as the exceeding journey from human life to death to Moksha.
Surprisingly, the Archaeological Survey of India has done a great job maintaining the place, offering a Light and Sound Show and events sometimes.
The timings to visit Modhera Sun Temple is from 6 AM in the morning to 6 PM in the evening. The best time to visit is from October to March as the weather is great at that time.
The entry fees are 25 INR per person for (Indian, SAARC, and BIMSTEC) nationals, 300 INR for Foreign nationals, and Children below 15 years are no entry fees.
If you buy online then the fees are 20 INR per person for (Indian, SAARC, and BIMSTEC) nationals, 250 INR for Foreign nationals.
The distance from Ahmedabad to Modhera is 101 km and it takes around 6 to 7 hours by road. From Mehsana it is 26 km, and it takes 1 hour.
The nearest station is Mehsana from where it takes 30 minutes to reach the temple.
The nearest Airport is Ahmedabad, from there it takes 6 to 7 hours by road.
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