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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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  • These temple have been there since centuries. It is a nust visit for history buffs. Great place to witness rich history of Kashmir 
  • This temple is in Anantnag Mattan almost 35 Kms (45 mts) from Pahalgam. It is not covered as part of standard tourist points. So you can hire a taxi to take you there. The standard rates are Rs. 1800 ...  read more »
  • This temple stuns you with its scale, architecture and beauty. You can only imagine how you would have felt if you were to standing there some 1000 years back. It is 10 km up the hill from Anantnag. A...  read more »
  • A very unique experience. The place leaves a lot to imagination about how it was made and what was its importance back in those days. A real treat for a historian as well as an architecture lover.
  • I feel happy when I go to mart and temple
  • So good place.....
  • Is mandir ka nirman kakort vansh ka shaktishali raja lalitaditya muktapid k dwara karwaya gaya tha.
  • This 7th Muslim king of Kashmir , Sikandar Butshikan , was the most cruel of all the Muslim rulers who invaded India. He was the the second Sultan of the Swati Afghan Shah Miri dynasty of Kashmir 1389–1413 AD. Marthanda temple if intact would have been the most fabulous structure on the planet today-- even more beautiful than Taj mahal. It took his soldiers 13 months to destroy the glorious 3100 year old Marthanda Sun Temple of Kashmir--such was its amazing strength with huge interlocking stones..
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