Modhera is one of Gujarat’s cultural gems. It is a small, ancient village known for its history, spirituality, temples, and culture. Sun Temple, built by the Chalukya Dynasty, is the major attraction of Modhera that travelers from far and wide visit to learn about its rich history and admire the exquisite architecture. Tourist attractions in Modhera give you an insight into the days of the royal lineage of Chalukyas. The architecture of Sun Temple is a prime example of the excellence artisans possessed during those times.
If you want to go down memory lane, visit the tourist places in Modhera mentioned below.
Modhera Sun Temple
Now in ruins, Modhera Sun Temple was a thriving temple devoted to Surya, the Sun God. Set along the coast of the Pushpavati River in Modhera Village, the temple was constituted under the region of ruler Bhima I of the Chalukya dynasty.
Once you are here, witness the three major sections - Gudda Mandapa (shrine hall), Sabha Mandapa (assembly hall), and Kunda (reservoir).
See the reservoir’s steps lined with 108 miniature shrines. Follow the steps to the assembly hall, earlier used for religious congregations. This hall has 52 intricately carved pillars that are a delight to see.
The architecture of the Sun Temple is what entices many travelers across the globe to visit here. It is extremely detailed and reflects the Maru-Gujara Chalukyan style of architecture.
As of now, no devotional practices are performed at the temple as it has become a monument of national and historical significance.
The best part about Modhera Sun Temple is the Modhera Dance festival. Celebrated in the third week of January, the festival involves the music, art, dance, and culture gala. Experience the traditional dance forms of Gujarat and India, and apart from the Garba dance performance, the festival includes Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, and other classical dance forms.
Modheshwari Mata Mandir
Visit this temple, dedicated to Modheshwari Mata in Modhera. She is said to be an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and the protector of the Modh community. A sculpture of the goddess is in the temple with 18 arms, each holding a weapon.
A story behind Modheshwari Mata Mandir says that a demon, Karnat, was destroying the region. Seeking protection, the saints went to Goddess Parvati. After hearing them, she got angry and started unleashing fire from her mouth, which gave birth to her avatar Modheshwari Mata.
Best Time to Visit Modhera
October to March is the best time to visit Modhera and explore its attractions. Summers are scorching hot, while winters are pleasant. Moreover, the classical arts festival, Uttarardha Mahotsav, is celebrated at Sun Temple in the fourth week of January. If that piques your interest, you should visit Modhera during the festivities.
How to Reach Modhera
Ahmedabad Airport is approx. 93 km from Modhera and can be reached by taxi. Becharaji and Mensana have the closest railway stations, which are well-connected to major cities. In addition, buses are available from Mehsana and Ahmedabad to Modhera.
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