Martand Sun Temple, Anantnag

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The Martand Sun Temple was a Kashmiri Hindu temple dedicated to Surya (the chief solar deity in Hinduism) and built during the 8th century CE. Martand is another Sanskrit name for the Hindu Sun-god. Now in ruins, the temple is located five miles from Anantnag in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.HistoryThe Martand Sun Temple was built by the third ruler of the Karkota Dynasty, Lalitaditya Muktapida, in the 8th century CE. It is said to have been built during 725-756 CE. The foundation of the temple is said to have been around since 370-500 CE, with some attributing the construction of the temple to have begun with Ranaditya.The temple was completely destroyed on the orders of Muslim ruler Sikandar Butshikan in the early 15th century, with demolition lasting a year.The TempleThe Martand temple was built on top of a plateau from where one can view whole of the Kashmir Valley. From the ruins and related archaeological findings, it can be said it was an excellent specimen of Kashmiri architecture, which had blended the Gandharan, Gupta, Chinese, Roman, Syrian-Byzantine and Greek forms of architecture.
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  • I have Wrote about This Temple 2 Months Ago In Web portal in Gujarati language .I am A history Writer so that i have to go There and i have seen it and enjoyed it and love it So much....... To reach t...  more »
  • I have visited the stonehenge in london as well and even thought it's location is more beautiful than this temple , the basic architecture of this temple is much better. It looks so majestic and unbel...  more »
  • We spend about 2 hours in this ruins to see closely the structure of the Sun temple at Mattan. Local boys were climbing and using the place for playing. Nobody is bothered about its history and preser...  more »
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