Martand Sun Temple

A MIRROR OF THE ART AND SKILL OF KASHMIRI HINDUS

MARTAND SUN TEMPLE

The most unforgettable and good-looking work of King Lalitaditya is the construction of spacious Martand temple, which the emperor had built in honour of the Sun God or Bhaskar. Lalitaditya was a Kshatriya of the Surya (Sun) Dynasty. The style of construction of the temple and the skill exhibited in it is rare in the history of the world. Though the cities, towns and the ruins belonging to the era of Lalitaditya are not to be found so easily, the remnants of the big Martand temple, which the emperor had built at the pilgrimage place of the same name, and is an example of the building skills of the Kashmiri Hindu builders of ancient times. They are praised for their design, beauty and art.Martand holds a very high place in the world's great architectural designs and is considered to be not only an example of the Kashmiri architectural skill but also has pride of having been set up at a very pretty spot. The ruins of the huge temple stand in a square field with snow-capped mountains as its backdrop. This temple has been built with strong and square limestones and exhibits pillars in Greek pattern. Lalitaditya was not only the founder of a vast empire but also the founder of the art and skill of Kashmiri Hindus for six centuries.

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