Sun Temple, Modhera, Gujarat
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Built during the first decades of the 11th century, this astounding temple is for connoisseurs of art, heritage, and history. Every nook and corner of the temple has intricate design work that oozes the sculptural mastery of the artisans of the Solanki dynasty. The UNESCO World Heritage temple is unique with 3 independent sections, each holding its own in all aspects. The designs and sculptures on the walls, ceilings, and pillars would leave you amazed and in awe. It is the pond in front of the temple that usually stuns visitors with its immaculate layout, precision design, and unexpected size. The large pond has steps all the way to the bottom in addition to small shrines lined up along the sides. The temple is one of the masterpieces of India’s temple-building architecture and science, which are beyond the realms of the western world. September to March is the best time to visit the temple. Modhera is 25 kilometres away from district headquarters Mehsana and approximately 80 kilometres from Gandhinagar, capital of Gujarat. Mehsana is the nearest rail station. The nearest airport is 93 kilometres away in Ahmedabad.
Nearby Places to See
About 47 kilometres from Modhera is the town of Shankeshwar, home to a Parshwanath temple. The 12th-century temple was constructed in what is now considered a holy site for Jains. On the exterior walls, you can see a number of beautiful sculptures, including idols representing the 24 Tirthankaras. The temple’s pillars are artfully arranged and should be admired by anyone.
Located in Patan, 36 kilometres away, is the beautifully constructed Rani ki Vav step well. In the 11th century, during the reign of Bhima II of the Solanki dynasty, it was his wife Udayamati who commissioned the construction of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Things to Buy
Things to buy include Clothes, Copper materials.
Foods to Relish
Khaman Dhokla, Khakra, Fafda, Mamra, Kachori, Locho, Gujarati Thali.