Martand Sun Temple
The majestic Martand Sun Temple is the largest Hindu temple in Kashmir.This temple is situated in the village of Mattan. It is dedicated to Surya and is the only Sun Temple in Kashmir Valley. It has become a tourist site. The temple was constructed of neatly dressed ashlar slabs of Devari lime stone arranged in horizontal courses with fine joints. Iron dowels were used in binding the stone slabs.
According to the Tareekh-e-Hassan (The Oldest History of Kashmir) there was a city named Babul in the Karewas of south Kashmir built by Raja Ranadatiya. In front of his royal palace he built Martandeshwari temple around 370 t0 400 C.E; this temple it is believed was completed by Lalitadatiya Muktapida and was dedicated to Surya Bhagwan. Much of the temple was destroyed by Islamic ruler Sikandar Butshikan in the early 15th century, and it has stood in ruins ever since.
Presently in a ruined condition, it has been preserved as a monument of national importance under the ‘Archaeological Monuments, Sites and Remains Act of 1958’ and is maintained by the Archaelogical survey of India.
- AddressSuriya Mandir Rd, Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir
- CategoryReligious Places, Temple, Tourist Places
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