Martand Sun Temple

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  • Address: Martand Sun temple, Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, India
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  • 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 Hours

  • Recommended time to visit is Summer and Autumn.

Restaurants Near Martand Sun Temple

  • Local shacks
  • sweet marts
  • Dhabas

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  • Martand Sun Temple Address: Martand Sun temple, Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • Martand Sun Temple Timing: 24-hrs
  • Martand Sun Temple Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Martand Sun Temple(preferred time): 11:00 am - 07:00 pm
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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

  • 45.83% of people start their Martand Sun Temple visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Martand Sun Temple

Monday, Thursday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Martand Sun Temple

People normally club together Hari Parbat Fort and Sanasar while planning their visit to Martand Sun Temple.

People also prefer to end their day with Martand Sun Temple.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • इस मंदिर का निर्माण मध्यकालीन युग में 7वीं से 8वीं शताब्दी के दौरान हुआ था। सूर्य राजवंश के राजा ललितादित्य ने इस मंदिर का निर्माण एक छोटे से शहर अनंतनाग के पास एक पठार के ऊपर किया था। इसकी गणना ललितादित्य के प्रमुख कार्यों में की जाती है। इसमें 84 स्तंभ हैं जो नियमित अंतराल पर रखे गए हैं। मंदिर को बनाने के लिए चूने के पत्थर की चौकोर ईंटों का उपयोग किया गया है, जो उस समय के कलाकारों की कुशलता को दर्शाता है। मंदिर की राजसी वास्तुकला इसे अलग बनाती है। बर्फ से ढंके हुए पहाड़ों की पृष्ठभूमि के साथ केंद्र में यह मंदिर करिश्मा ही कहा जाएगा। इस मंदिर से कश्मीर घाटी का मनोरम दृश्य भी देखा जा सकता है। कारकूट वंश के राजा हर्षवर्धन ने ही 200 साल तक सेंट्रल एशिया सहित अरब देशों में राज किया था। पहलगाम का मशहूर शीतल जल वाला चश्मा इसी वंश से संबंधित है। ऐसी किंवदंती है कि सूर्य की पहली किरण निकलने पर राजा अपनी दिनचर्या की शुरुआत सूर्य मंदिर में पूजा कर चारों दिशाओं में देवताओं का आह्वान करने के बाद करते थे। वर्तमान में खंडहर हो चुके इस मंदिर की ऊंचाई भी अब 20 फुट ही रह गई है। मंदिर में तत्कालीन बर्तन आदि अभी भी मौजूद हैं। कश्मीरियों को चार सौ साल बाद मार्तंड के सूर्य मंदिर की याद फिर से आ गई है। चौदह सौ साल पुराने इस मंदिर में एक बार फिर आहुति डालने की तैयारियाँ चरमोत्कर्ष पर हैं। इतना जरूर है कि यह मंदिर, जो खंडहरों में तब्दील हो चुका है, आज भी सैलानियों को अपनी ओर खींचने की शक्ति रखता है। कहां है मंदिर- मंदिर जम्मू काश्मीर राज्य के  पहलगाम से निकट अनंतनाग में स्थित है। कैसे पहुंचे- पहलगाम से अनंतनाग पहुंचकर मार्तंड मंदिर पहुंचा जा सकता है।

  • इसमें 84 स्तंभ हैं जो नियमित अंतराल पर रखे गए हैं। मंदिर को बनाने के लिए चूने के पत्थर की चौकोर ईंटों का उपयोग किया गया है, जो उस समय के कलाकारों की कुशलता को दर्शाता है। मंदिर की राजसी वास्तुकला इसे अलग बनाती है। बर्फ से ढंके हुए पहाड़ों की पृष्ठभूमि के साथ केंद्र में यह मंदिर करिश्मा ही कहा जाएगा। इस मंदिर से कश्मीर घाटी का मनोरम दृश्य भी देखा जा सकता है। कारकूट वंश के राजा हर्षवर्धन ने ही 200 साल तक सेंट्रल एशिया सहित अरब देशों में राज किया था। पहलगाम का मशहूर शीतल जल वाला चश्मा इसी वंश से संबंधित है।

  • Used to be Beautiful Only second Sun temple built ever after Konark Sun Temple. The temple was almost completely destroyed by Muslim ruler Sikandar Butshikan in the early 15th century, with demolition lasting a year. It’s artistic Impression was prepared in 1868 by Britishers when it used to be in its full glory thronging with Devotees.

  • The Martand temple was built on top of a plateau from where one can view whole of the Kashmir Valley. From the ruins and related archaeological findings, it can be said it was an excellent specimen of Kashmiri architecture, which had blended the Gandharan, Gupta, Chinese, Roman, Syrian-Byzantineand Greek forms of architecture. The temple has a colonnaded courtyard, with its primary shrine in its center and surrounded by 84 smaller shrines, stretching to be 220 feet long and 142 feet broad total and incorporating a smaller temple that was previously built. The temple turns out to be the largest example of a peristyle in Kashmir, and is complex due to its various chambers that are proportional in size and aligned with the overall perimeter of the temple. In accordance with Hindu temple architecture, the primary entrance to the temple is situated in the western side of the quadrangle and is the same width as the temple itself, creating grandeur. The entrance is highly reflective of the temple as a whole due to its elaborate decoration and allusion to the deities worshiped inside. The primary shrine is located in a centralized structure (the temple proper) that is thought to have had a pyramidal top - a common feature of the temples in Kashmir. Various wall carvings in the antechamber of the temple proper depict other gods, such as Vishnu, and river goddesses, such as Ganga and Yamuna, in addition to the sun-god Surya.

  • Must visited place for everyone. There are many famous stories of this temple between localities. One is that the 2 ponds there are sons of Kashyap rishi(founder of kashmir) born in form of egg. After breaking them they get converted into 2 fish ponds. The upper pond is deep and known as Vimal Nag (Nag means pond full of fishes in kashmiri) & below one is Kamal Nag with shiv temple in the center.

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