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Modhera Sun Temple

Modhera, India

An architectural marvel that dates back to the zenith of Indian architecture. 


A mesmerizing sight to behold, the intricacies of this temple are what make it so amazing. The Sun Temple is a Hindu temple constructed after 1026, during the Chaulukya dynasty. The complex was designed in the Māru-Gurjara style. Unlike other tourist destinations around the country, this temple isn’t usually overrun with tourists, which adds to its appeal.

The temple was constructed in such a way that during every equinox, the first sunrays would fall on a diamond placed on the Sun God’s head. The temple was dedicated to the solar deity Surya. The Sabha Mandap stands on 52 pillars that were designed to depict the 52 weeks of the year.

Carvings of the sun, along with its unity of four other elements—air, water, earth, and space—can be spotted along the walls of the temple.

Know Before You Go

Nearest International Airport: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (Ahmedabad) 101 kilometers from Ahmedabad. Nearest Railway Station: Mahesana Junction (Mehsana), 26 kilometers from Mehsana. Accessible by bus or taxi. Admission fee: 15 INR for Indian Citizens ($0.21), 200 INR for Non-Indian Citizens ($2.73).

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