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“Historically a 'Must Visit Place'” 3 of 5 stars
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Sun Temple
Modhera, India
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Ranked #58 of 529 Attractions in Gujarat
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
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Ahmedabad, India
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“Historically a 'Must Visit Place'”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Modhera Temple, dedicated to the Sun God. The original structure built way back in 1026 AD, it the best place for people who love history, sculptures and architecture. The temple does not have an puja or any religious offerings as on date. The impact of invasions by Mahmud Ghazni and then by Allaudin Khilji damaged the structures substantially but the restoration work gives a clear idea about how beautifully the temple was designed and structured. The statues and erotic sculptures represent the non suppressed and non moralized Indian culture.

It is about a little over 100 kms from Ahmedabad, with good roads leading to the temple. Unfortunately the Gujarat Tourism is focusing on Amitabh Bachhan advertisements more and less on the ground work to promote tourism. No urinals or even decent rest houses nearby, though the gardens are well maintained.

A decent place to spend a couple of hours for history lovers

P.S: The inner domes of the the two structures will remind you of the magnificent architecture in the Delwada temples in Mount Abu

Visited February 2013
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“sun temple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

The Sun temple at Modhera like the Rani ni Vaav step well was built in the 11th century. Situated a half hour drive apart they can both be visited on a day trip from Ahmedabad about two and a half hours drive away.
As you approach the temple you first see the Surya Kund tank or step walled pond followed by the two temple structures.
Restoration work is underway to rebuild the dome of the first temple.

Visited January 2013
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“Sun Temple, Modhera - Weekend Gateway from Ahmedabad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This place is hardly 130 kms approx. (one way) from Ahmedabad. This is one of the seven sun temples in India. It has not gained similar visibility like the Konark Sun temple. This temple was designed such that the sun rays would fall on the image of Surya at the time of the equinoxes i.e. 20th March & 22nd Sep. It was built in 1026 AD by King Bhimdev of the Solanki dynasty. This place can get many more tourists if this is popularised across india. Roads to Modhera are good. You may combine your visit to Becharji & Patan along with Modhera. Prefer to carry your own brunch since there are limited options. Better, if you browse through the historical importance of this monument before your visit. You may also hire guides (approx cost Rs 100 to Rs 150)

Visited January 2013
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“A historic place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

The visit to this place was an ok experience. The road from Ahmadabad to the temple is well marked and there is no problem in locating the place. This visit can be undertaken in one day itself there is not much to see. The complete structure is a set two very beautifully sculpted structure with a temple and a step well. The complete visit can be completed within 1-2 hours. The structure is surrounded with well maintained gardens.

Visited January 2013
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“Eternal beauty amongst the ruins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

The sun temple of gujarat lies in the otherwise non-descript village of modhera on the road leading from ahmedabad to becharaji and next to sankeshwar...in fact one could not be blamed for having missed such an architectural wonder belonging to the solanki era...
Built around 1050 A.D by the king bhimrao solanki, it was subsequenly raided by mohammed of ghazni but even the ruins manages to captivate...one cannot but wonder and reflect upon the actual grandeur of the temple...The temple consists of 3 parts...a rectangular step-well used for the ritual bathing followed by the victory pillars leading to the entrance of the temple and finally the temple itself...
the step-well is an architectural marvel...words fail to define the amazing geometricsymmetry of the well, the amazing stair-case formation and the intricate carvings on the various idols around the periphery...a wonderful sight to behold..
the exterior of the temple have carvings depicting various scenes from mahabharat and ramayana as well as a few carvings of the sun-god on a seven-horse chariot...the interior of the entrance to the temple has 52 pillars all with different carvings which reminds one of the dilwara and ranakpur temples....the vijay-stambh or the victory pillars have similar carvings...simply a sight to behold...
it is indeed a pity it is not promoted the way other temples are....despite being around 3 hrs from ahmedabad with decent roads, neatly maintained lawns around the area, an archeological museum to boast of and a laughable entry fee (rs 5.00!!!!) ; it is still relatively unknown....
all in all it is a real eternal beauty in the ruins and a not-to-be missed sight...

Visited December 2012
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