Martand Sun Temple, Jammu

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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
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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
  • Dhabas

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Things to Know Before Visiting Martand Sun Temple

  • 12.71% of people who visit Jammu include Martand Sun Temple in their plan

  • 50% of people plan their visit to Martand Sun Temple between 2 PM - 3 PM

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

Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

95% 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.

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

Martand Sun Temple, Jammu Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Martand Sun Temple is a Kashmiri Hindu temple dedicated to Surya and built during the 8th century CE. Martand is another Sanskrit name for the Hindu Sun-god. It z a beautiful location. Recently the song bismil bismil from the film hyder was shooted here. It z an awesome historical place. Best time to visit in summer in the evening time.

  • A very beautiful place to visit. A temple and a pond of fresh ground water, is the main attraction of this temple. This temple belongs to Rishi Markkandaya , which now being pronounced as Martand. This place in near Anantnag, on the way to Pahalgam Road.

  • Muslims destroyed this temple its still destroyed right now destroyed on the orders of Muslim Sultan Sikandar Butshikan in the early 15th century, with demolition lasting a year.

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