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Modhera is known for an ancient 11th century sun temple on the banks of Pushpawati river. Its brilliant architectural design enables the first rays of sun to fall on the diety of Sun God during solar equinoxes. Modhera Dance Festival : 21-23 January 2011
Built in 1026 AD, this sun temple is situated on the banks of Pushpavati river in Gujrat. Dedicated to the Hindu God ‘Surya’ or sun, this temple was constructed by King Bhimdev I of Solanki dynasty. The Solanki dynasty considered themselves the descendents of sun God. It is one of the three main sun temples in India, the other two being  Konark in Orissa and Martand inJammu and Kashmir.
A well planned temple made as per the norms of Shilpshastra or architecture, this is a monument of great beauty and grandeur. The temple is constructed on a raised platform. Tthe entire temple is covered with intricate and delicate carvings. Its mention is found in old inscriptions of the Brahma Puran and Skanda Puran. According to a legend, Lord Rama came here to absolve himself of the sin of killing Ravana, a brahmin. He performed a Yagna here and established a village of Modhera. This magnificent structure was partially demolished by  Muslim invaders Mahmud Ghazini, Allaudin Khilji and earthquakes, but even today the ruins give a fair idea about the dimensions of this majestic temple.
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The temple has 3 specially aligned areas. The surya kund, the Sabha mandap and the Guda mandap. Surya Kund is a colossal tank that lies facing the sun temple. 108 shrines in miniature form are carved on the the steps of this temple. Four larger shrines of Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu and Shitala mata are also present here. The tank is a 100 square meters rectangle structure. An archway in front of the temple leads to the Sabha mandap. The tank is now dry but was once had holy water for the abluation of devotees before proceeding to the inner sanctum. The Sabha mandap is a beautifully carved structure open from four sides. It has 52 intricately carved pillars. The entrance has carved archways. The pillar carvings depict scenes from Ramayana, Krishna lila and Mahabharata. Guda Mandap- The Sun God statue in the sanctum sanctorum was destroyed by Mahmud Ghazini. The roof had also been destroyed during invasions but the rest of the structure is grand enough to give one a fair idea of temple architecture of those times. It is believed that Guda mandap had a hidden tunnel connected to Patan for the royal family members to escape in the time of a crisis.
Sun temple dance festival- Held every year in January, this Indian classical dance festival is a annual event which takes place in the backdrop of the ancient sun temple. The classical dance forms of India and  architecture of the sun temple blend perfectly to create an experience worth savouring.  
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AHMEDABAD 59 Km 01H 06m
Ahmedabad Junction 57 Km 01H 08m
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Ahmedabad is the largest city in the state of Gujarat. The bustling metropolis is a fusion of old world charm and emerging modernity. It has a rich history of Muslim heritage.
74 Km 01H 17m
An ancient fortified town, Patan, is situated about 130 km from Ahmedabad. It is home to many Hindu and Jain temples, mosques as well as the richly sculptured Rani ki Vav or Queen’s step well. It is also well known for its world famous Patola sarees. Patan has been nominated as a Tentative UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Summer 23 °C 44 °C
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Modhera has a hot semi-arid climate .Aside from the monsoon season, the climate is dry. The weather is hot through the months of March to June Aside from the monsoon season, the climate is dry. The weather is hot through the months of March to June .Cold northerly winds are responsible for a mild chill in January.
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