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Magnificent Modhera Sun Temple, Gujarat
|by Gopal Lahiri|
A visit (102 km drive from Ahmedabad) to the Sun Temple at Modhera, Gujarat is most definitely a riveting experience. It conveys a sense of teeming, over-spilling, self-delighting creation. The Sun Temple, built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty, the creator of passion carved in stone, has been dedicated to the Hindu Sun-God, Surya. Unsullied by the trappings of concrete and steel, this place has plenty to offer.
One of the glories of this place, and the joys depicted on the curved stone, was to see connections everywhere in this universe. The Sun temple, situated on the bank of the river Pushpavati, is of a unique architecture. Even though the sun was seemingly very harsh on us, the beauty of the artworks could never get lost.
I was quite amazed by the sheer geometry of the Suryakunda, also known as Ramakunda. A large mind-blowing rectangular stepped tank under the eastern face of sabha mandap used to store pure water. It was quite natural that the Devotees were required to wash their body and soul here before worshiping the Sun God.
The arrangement of stone gave shape to a captivating work of art. We walked down the pyramid shaped stone steps, crossing four terraces in all, down to its base but the water was quite turbid and dirty too. In tune with the Hindu culture, 108 miniature shrines were carved in between the steps inside the tank. God and Goddess depicted in immortalized stone unfolded the rare sculpture and art.
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06/15/2014 11:59 AM
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