Martand Sun Temple, Kashmir

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  • Very Good Historical place. Very old Sculptural. We took many photo's. Even They are Renovating Place. Kashmir People says Haidar Movie song They Shooted their. 1 time visit should be their.  more »
  • A Marvelous temple, now sadly in the state of ruins, this is must visit on the way to Pahalgam. There was a resident Sardar Guide who took us through the place. \ The ASI has declared the site as a pl...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Lying in ruins now this great creation of the people who inhabited this place from many thousands of years has been destroyed with fire, hammer, and chisel. Still it is graceful and gives glimpses of its greatness.
  • 8th century old temple build by ruler of the Karkota Dynasty, Lalitaditya Muktapida. It is a huge structure which gives glimpse of architecture in ancient times. Park is well maintained and you will see a decent crowd in evening time.
  • Martand Sun Temple was a Kashmiri Hindu temple dedicated to Surya and built during the 8th century CE. Martand is another Sanskrit name for the Hindu Sun-god. HISTORY Brief History Of This Temple The 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 SCULPTURE Sculpture in this Temple The Martand temple was built on top of a plateau from where one can view the 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. The temple has a colonnaded courtyard, with its primary shrine in its center and surrounded by 84 smaller shrines, stretching to be 220 feet long and 142 feet broad total and incorporating a smaller temple that was previously built. The temple turns out to be the largest example of a peristyle in Kashmir and is complex due to its various chambers that are proportional in size and aligned with the overall perimeter of the temple. In accordance with Hindu temple architecture, the primary entrance to the temple is situated on the western side of the quadrangle and is the same width as the temple itself, creating grandeur. The entrance is highly reflective of the temple as a whole due to its elaborate decoration and allusion to the deities worshipped inside. The primary shrine is located in a centralised structure that is thought to have had a pyramidal top - a common feature of the temples in Kashmir. Various wall carvings in the antechamber of the temple proper depict other gods, such as Vishnu, and river goddesses, such as Ganga and Yamuna, in addition to the sun-god Surya Apart from the Sun God, this temple has shrines for Shree Ram, Lord Shiva and Shree Ganesh, Shree Vishnu, and goddesses - Ganga and Yamuna.
  • This is stunning to sea such a vast stone architect of huge size structure which speak loud of the bright period of Hindu Culture, art and science in ancient times. The temple is almost deteriorating for want to desired care.
  • The Martand Sun Temple is a Kashmiri Hindu temple dedicated to Surya and built during the 8th century CE. Martand is another Sanskrit name for the Hindu Sun-god. It z a beautiful location. Recently the song bismil bismil from the film hyder was shooted here. It z an awesome historical place. Best time to visit in summer in the evening time.
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