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Martand Sun Temple, Kashmir

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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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  • From the roadside it looks nothing special and majestic. But once you move in you will find the sculpture on the rocks. Its a good visit for around 10 mins.  more »
  • Built in the 8th century, the Martand SunTemple is a marvellous testament to the architectural achievements of Kashmir's ancient Karkota Dynasty. It lies forgotten and in shambles at 8km from Anantnag...  more »
  • These temple have been there since centuries. It is a nust visit for history buffs. Great place to witness rich history of Kashmir  more »
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  • Had been to the place. It is quit isolated structure. You may need local help to reach there. This one is old sun temple. You will find the new one in residential area before reaching here.
  • Standing majestically on a plateau above the flood plains of Kashmir are the stupendous ruins of the Sun Temple of Martand. Described as “a dream in stone designed by Titans and finished by jewellers”, the temple of Martand is part of the legacy of the indomitable Lalitaditya Mukhtapid of the Karkota dynasty of Kashmir which was once the centre of a mighty empire governed from the capital city of Parihaspora. Once the city of smiles, it is today a site of ruined stones. The episode sees the glory of Kashmir through the lens of one of it’s favourite sons.
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  • I was here today i.e. 19-Feb-2017. Though being just 14 kms from my home, I've never been here before.. It was an awesome feeling to be here finally, plus "Bismil" song from Haider movie playing on speakers while exploring this great place added aroma to everything around..
  • Nice place to visit....pond is also awesome.....pond is surrounded with Gurudwara and temple ....chinar trees are also there...water is fresh and comes out from mountain...