Martand Sun TempleCurrently Open
- Address: Martand Sun temple, Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, India
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, View Point, Historical Site, Archaeological Site
Martand Sun Temple - Review
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Martand Sun Temple
95% of people who visit Jammu include Martand Sun Temple in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
25.27% of people start their Martand Sun Temple visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Martand Sun Temple
94.5% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Martand Sun Temple
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Martand Sun Temple, Jammu Reviews
I would give it a five star .this temple is built by king lalitadatya of karkota dynasty.it is a very huge structure built of big rocks .the structure is still standing like a boss after 1000s of years of its construction ..it's view is mesarising.it is a historical place in Anantnag district .the bollywood movie hyder staring Shahid Kapoor and shrada Kapoor was shoot here .there is usually a huge gathering on both eids .u can go there for picnic as well .if u r a history lover then this place is a worth watch.
Sun god and his Father Kashyabha, Shiva Parvathi, Ram Lakshman and Hanuman temple s are there, there is a mountain stream flowing down, huge fish pond , u may feed food for 🎏 fish and Pigeons
Beautiful premises. Lovely spring. At lotus feet of Surya dev.
The oldest temple of mugal imperiors in Anantnag district of kashmir. It was one of the most beautiful Sun temple in whole of Jammu Kashmir but now it is almost broken. No renovation taken to keep care of this temple.
A great place to visit. However, like many other places protected by Archeological Department of GOI apathy, it is in shambles. Being retained by locals.