The Sun Temple at Modhera, Gujarat: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 2

Gujarat, Modhera, Suntemple

It’s early days, rather hours, in Gujarat and I feel one can spend months here. Another hidden gem awaited at Modhera – a Sun Temple.

Was built on banks of Pushapati river during the reign of Bhimadeva I (1022 – 63 A.D.). Like at Rani ki Vav, the workmanship here is no less than exquisite.

Temple has three parts: A Surya Kund or a tank surrounded by many small temples; a general assembly hall; and the main temple.

Walls and pillars are marked with fine carvings including those of holy figures and animals. Sure must have taken even the most skilled to finish it all.

Downside of being on a long road drive: you have to keep going. Else, another place to actually spend sunrise and sunset at. And see the play of light.

Have visited two Sun temples in India now; other being another hidden gem at Martanda in Kashmir. Wonder how these compare to the more famous one at Konark in Orissa?

And I was off – to the Rann of Kutch. Guess what? I forgot to stop at the Eunuch temple at Becharaji on the way. Did not refer to my notes in time.

Gujarat, Modhera, Suntemple

Gujarat, Modhera, Suntemple

Gujarat, Modhera, Suntemple

Gujarat, Modhera, Suntemple

Gujarat Modhera Suntemple

Gujarat Modhera Suntemple

Gujarat Modhera Suntemple

Gujarat Modhera Suntemple

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