Martand Sun Temple, Anantnag

Martand Sun Temple

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About Martand Sun Temple (Place of Worship)

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Martand Sun Temple is located about 9 km northeast of Anantnag District. It was constructed by King Lalitaditya, a Kshatriya from Surya dynasty, in honour to Bhaskar or the Sun God. This temple is significant of exemplary Aryan structure, which gives a glimpse into the skill and art of Kashmiri Hindus. Martand Temple was made out of square limestones similar to the Grecian patterned pillars.

Though, the city from the age of the King Lalitaditya is no longer found, but the ruins of the temple can be clearly seen standing in a square field surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The temple is known for its exclusive art, design and beauty compared to the art seen in Taj Mahal, Parthinan and St. Peters. In 1700, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first Sikh Guru, came to this temple to preach about Sikhism to Hindus.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Sanjay Gupta

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  • Sanjay Gupta
  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 1 Review
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"Visit to Martand Temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2016
I visited Martand temple on 23/03/16 (day of Holi) during our return from Pahalgam to Srinagar. We reached to the temple at 1:00 PM after visiting Aishmuqam Dargah. There is a narrow road in front of the premises. There was absolute silence; no vehicle, no individuals were near to the temple gate. We thought we were only person standing there. My driver told me to go to the temple and to return quickly. The main gate of temple was locked but a side walking path was available to go inside. The ticket counter was also closed. It is well maintained temple and we found a very comfortable place for photography and other activities.

There were only few person (2-3 person and a blue colour maruti alto) were inside the temple when we reached. After our arrival two people entered the campus and went to other side and returned back. After that we found that many people were started to come inside the temple premises and sitting near to main gate. They were not talking to each other and also sitting by keeping distance. They were all young (30-45 years) good looking local guys. Up to this time, we were inside the temple. When we started to return (after 25-40 min); we found that more than 20-25 person has already sit inside the gate, and many more are coming. I crossed them to come out, they were all staring me and our group but nobody moved from their sitting place. I came out from the premises, and in the same time, a Maruti Dzire passed between me and our vehicle in front of gate. In the vehicle, a person was sitting in back seat with 10 ltr petrol (half filled 20 ltr gallon). He was very uneasy (like waiting for some order) and looking here and there; particularly backside to me. In the same time all group members were out of the temple and I told everybody to sit on the vehicle as quick as possible. And then I found few people also came near the gate (either from inside or outside) adjacent to our vehicle and started to walk with vehicle. We passed them and went about 200-300 m. There is a sharp turn (U turn) with a very small bridge. The road was narrow in which only one vehicle can pass. Suddenly I saw a white car which was standing in the next turn and when he saw us that we are coming he drive his vehicle and stop at the end of the turn near to bridge. We were about 70-100 m away. The driver of the vehicle was talking to someone in mobile and then before we reach to the turn he came down (say after 5- 10 sec) and clears the road for us to go.

I explained the incident which I observed. I could not understand the intention of those people. They did not also talk to the driver of our vehicle.

But few things are clear,
a) it is a 100% muslim community area with very narrow road or passages, it is so narrow that turning of vehicle is not possible. Our driver came to the temple from backside towards masjid area, where road was so narrow that only one vehicle can pass and therefore, we were able to return through main road.
B) it is not a safe zone for tourist, according to driver (he was visiting this temple for second time in his 20 years of driving career and never recommend any tourist to visit this temple. He continuously told me to not to visit the temple in each turn to Srinagar).
C) I was also scared for minutes after looking petrol.
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  • Vijay
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
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"A famous Sun Temple after Konark"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 8, 2014
I think, it is the second largest Sun Temple after Konark Sun Temple. It has a nice location. But please keep silence and maintain cleanliness during visit. It is very disappointing to say that people come here not for worship of god but only for picnic. Everyone should understand the importance of the Martand Sun Temple.
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