Martand Sun Temple

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

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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

  • 25.32% of people start their Martand Sun Temple visit around 3 PM - 4 PM

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

Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday

94.5% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Martand Sun Temple

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

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  • 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.

  • Lying in ruins now this great creation of the people who inhabited this place from many thousands of years has been destroyed with fire, hammer, and chisel. Still it is graceful and gives glimpses of its greatness.

  • Martand Sun Temple was a Kashmiri Hindu temple dedicated to Surya and built during the 8th century CE. Martand is another Sanskrit name for the Hindu Sun-god. HISTORY Brief History Of This Temple The Martand Sun Temple was built by the third ruler of the Karkota Dynasty, Lalitaditya Muktapida, in the 8th century CE. It is said to have been built during 725-756 CE. The foundation of the temple is said to have been around since 370-500 CE, with some attributing the construction of the temple to have begun with Ranaditya. The temple was completely destroyed on the orders of Muslim ruler Sikandar Butshikan in the early 15th century, with demolition lasting a year SCULPTURE Sculpture in this Temple The Martand temple was built on top of a plateau from where one can view the 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-Byzantine and 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 on 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 worshipped inside. The primary shrine is located in a centralised structure 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 Apart from the Sun God, this temple has shrines for Shree Ram, Lord Shiva and Shree Ganesh, Shree Vishnu, and goddesses - Ganga and Yamuna.

  • 8th century old temple build by ruler of the Karkota Dynasty, Lalitaditya Muktapida. It is a huge structure which gives glimpse of architecture in ancient times. Park is well maintained and you will see a decent crowd in evening time.

  • This is stunning to sea such a vast stone architect of huge size structure which speak loud of the bright period of Hindu Culture, art and science in ancient times. The temple is almost deteriorating for want to desired care.

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