Martand Sun Temple
About Martand Sun Temple, Jammu
The interesting remains of the 8th century Martand sun temple showcase what is left of the finest works of King Lalithyaditya. Even after its glory has faded, the sun temple remains a widely visited site for its magnificent architectural work.
The sun temple was constructed by King Lalitaditya Muktapida of the Karkota dynasty in 8th century AD. It is dedicated to the Surya, the sun god of Hindus also known as Martand. The temple had a colonnaded courtyard, a shrine at its centre and 84 smaller shrines surrounding it.
The temple basked in its glory until Sikandar Butshikan destroyed it in early 15th century. Local folklores describe how difficult it was even for a ruthless attacker like him to destruct the temple. It took almost a year for him to tear it down.
The architecture of the temple is unique because it blends a dozen styles of architecture together. Gandharan, Gupta, Chinese and greek forms of architecture are a part of this temple.
Even today, one marvels at the intricate art by the builders that has left its traces in the ruins. The temple is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in India and is one of the protected monuments in the region.
Built on the top of a high plateau overlooking snow clad mountains and the beautiful Kashmir valley, this temple is just a beginning page in the intriguing mystery that Jammu and Kashmir is.
The fields of the mustard in the village nearby look like melted gold that shines bright. The aura of the temple which fills you with an unforgettable bliss is definitely worth experiencing. Plus, the archaeological buff in you will be delighted to visit this site!
Martand Sun Temple Information
- The temple looks breathtaking in winter although the temperature is very low, in subzero degrees
- Do not litter in the temple premises.
- Maintain the sanctity of the temple.
- Do not consume intoxicating substances in the area.
- Carry a camera with you, the temple makes a beautiful background for photos.
- If you can, read a bit about architectural styles beforehand.
- Carry some food items and water.
- It gets very cold in winter so carry appropriate clothing.
Martand Sun Temple Opening and Closing Hours
- Recommended time to visit is Summer and Autumn.
Restaurants Near Martand Sun Temple
- Local shacks
- sweet marts
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An 8th century temple destroyed by a fanatic Muslim ruler, but it is Sanatan Dharm which will never end and was not born ,it will survive till earth stands.here that fanatic muslim ruler I would not name that bastard find him on Google, killed many Hindus and converted many Hindus to muslims .Hindus poisoned themselves who don't want to convert.
One can only imagine it's grandeur looking at the ruins. Once magnificent temple is now surrounded by slums on all sides.
It is a beautiful place and wonderful structure is present here.
Had been to the place. It is quit isolated structure. You may need local help to reach there. This one is old sun temple. You will find the new one in residential area before reaching here.
Standing majestically on a plateau above the flood plains of Kashmir are the stupendous ruins of the Sun Temple of Martand. Described as “a dream in stone designed by Titans and finished by jewellers”, the temple of Martand is part of the legacy of the indomitable Lalitaditya Mukhtapid of the Karkota dynasty of Kashmir which was once the centre of a mighty empire governed from the capital city of Parihaspora. Once the city of smiles, it is today a site of ruined stones. The episode sees the glory of Kashmir through the lens of one of it’s favourite sons.
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