Modhera

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The Sun Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to the solar deity Surya is located in Modhera village on the banks of the river Pushpavati about 101 km. from Ahmedabad. The design element of the temple follows the tenets of Vastu - Shilpa. The kund (reservoir) and the entrance passageway face east welcoming the rays of the sun, and the entire structure floats on a plinth resembling a flowering lotus as an ablution to the sun god. The main complex is divided into three parts, the entrance which is the ‘Sabha Mandap’, ‘Antaral’ the connecting passage and the ‘Garbagruha’, the sanctum sanctorum. The exquisitely carved temple complex and the magnificently sculpted kund are jewels in the art of masonry of the Solanki period which was also known as the Golden Age of Gujarat. No worship is offered at the Temple now. It is a protected monument maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and is included in the list of World Heritage Sites.

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