Modhera Sun Temple

by Nicole Farrell

Our Gujarat textile tour is more than textiles! We went on an open jeep safari and saw lots of wildlife, met locals in villages and visited palaces and stepwells. On our final day in Gujarat we went to the Modhera Sun Temple.

   

 

The Modhera sun temple is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya. It's located in the Modhera village, Gujarat, India. It was built in 1026 and has 3 components: assembly hall, shrine hall and surya kund. They are intricately carved and depicts  scenes from daily life.

 

 

 

  

 There are 52 pillars which depict the 52 weeks of the year.

    

    

    

 The temple is constructed so that during the equinox, the sun rays fall on a diamond placed on the sun God's head. This then illuminates the entire temple.

The sun temple is on our Gujarat Tour itinerary. Read more about the tour here (and download an itinerary)