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Modhera Sun Temple

The Modhera Sun Temple (not to be confused with the Sun Temple in Konark , Odisha ) is a Hindu temple dedicated to the sun God (solar deity) Surya located at Modhera village of Mehsana district in the west Indian state of Gujarat .

The temple is situated on the bank of the neighbouring river Pushpavati. It is a Monument of National Importance and is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.

History

The Sun Temple was built in the 11th century AD - during the reign of the Chaulukya dynasty, somewhere between 1022 and 1064 CE.

The temple building, the miniature and the shrines in the tank near it were apparently built shortly after 1026 CE. The temple also has a dancing hall that was added much later in the 12th century along with the temple’s gateways, porch, doorframes and cella.

Architecture

This Sun Temple is built in an architectural style called Maru-Gurjara style or Chaulukya style. The complex has three components that are aligned axially:

Additional Information for Visitors

The Sun Temple Modhera is located in Modhera village which is about 106 km from Ahmedabad  city in Gujarat state.

The temple is open to visitors between 6 AM and 6 PM. The entry fee costs 25 INR per head for Indian, SAARC and BIMSTEC nationals and 300 INR per head for other foreign nationals. No entry fee is charged for children below 15 years.

How to reach Sun Temple Modhera: