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Modhera Sun Temple in the western state of Gujarat at Modhera, India
Photo credit: @gurrjag
The Sun Temple, a sandstone temple dating back to the 11th century, located at Modhera village, in Gujarat, India, is one of the few shrines that are dedicated to the solar deity Surya.
Set along the backdrop of River Pushpavati, surrounded by a terra-formed garden of flowering trees and songs of birds, the exclusively carved temple complex was built in 1026 during the reign of King Bhimdev of the Solanki Dynasty (believed to be the descendants of the lineage of Sun God)
The brilliant architecture of the temple is one of its own class. The edifice is divided into three main sections, namely Surya Kund, Sabha Mandap and Guda Mandap. The 'Toranas' (Archways) that lead to the main halls overshadow the absence of spires or shikhars.
The exterior walls are engraved with intricate carvings, boasting about the mastery of art in those times. Every single inch of the structure, both inside and outside, is covered with the sculptural patterns of Gods, Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers.
Erected on a high platform, the Sun Temple at Modhera appears majestic with its grand structure. The shrine was designed in a manner, so that the first rays of the Sun cast on the image of the Lord Surya.