Modhera sun temple stands out as Gujarat’s pride. It is a magnificent temple that speaks of the splendor and craftsmanship of Solanki architectural style. The beauty of the temple and its surroundings portray an artistic and exotically rich culture prevailing in Gujarat during the yesteryears. An era comes alive through this serene temple dedicated to Surya Dev or Sun God. The narrative sculptures on the temple are awe-inspiring and seem like a tale writ on stone. The temple ambiance evokes a feeling of reverence for the strong vitality and energy symbolized by ‘sun’.
The grandiose structure of Modhera sun temple cut out of sandstone is a true reflection of the irrefutable excellence of Solanki architecture. In 1027 AD, this grand temple came into being under the patronage of the Solanki ruler, Bhimdev Also, the temple and the area of the temple finds a mention in many of our notable Puranic literature such as Brahmapurana, Skanda Purana as well as in the Jain religious scriptures.
The sun temple lies in the Modhera village of Gujarat falling within Gujarat’s Mehsana district. On your way to the Bahuchara Mata temple, you would come across the Modhera village wherein stands this magnificent sun temple. This beautiful sun temple graces the banks of the Pushpawati River.
The temple opens at 7.00am and closes at 6.00pm in the evening.
How to Reach
Those who wish to travel by air need to take a flight to Ahmadabad airport; i.e. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, which is well connected to the rest of the country by frequent and regular flights. From Ahmadabad, it takes 1.5hrs to reach Modhera sun temple by bus or cab. Buses to Ahmadabad are available from almost all major cities of Gujarat and those who wish to travel by road route won’t face many problems. They can first reach Ahmedabad and then hire a cab to reach Modhera sun temple. if you wish to travel by train, you need to reach Mehsana railway station by making a train journey and then hire a cab to reach Modhera sun temple by covering a distance of only 26 km.
Best Time to Visit
The ideal time to visit Modhera sun temple is between the month of October and month of March. That marks the span of winters at Modhera. During winters the weather remains the most soothing with average temperatures ranging between 12-degree centigrade and 25-degree centigrade. Also, the winter month of January indicates the start of festive times at the temple campus because the three days spanned Modhera dance festival is organized by the Gujarat tourism department each year during that time. Classical dancers from all corners of the country visit the place to perform and that attracts tourists and dance connoisseurs from all corners of the country and globe to the place during that time. It is indeed an experience in itself to be present at the Modhera dance festival and get to view those gorgeous dance performances that simply transform the temple premises into a world of magical beauty. The summer season at Modhera is pretty hot with temperatures hovering around 40-degree centigrade. Traveling during that time could make the traveling experience pretty uncomfortable.
During your trip to Modhera sun temple, you can also plan your visit to the other nearby attractions dotting the area around the sun temple. Among the top nearby attractions, the Modheshwari Mata Mandir needs special mention. Modheshwari Mata is the much-revered deity of the natives of the Modhera clan. She is a manifestation of Goddess Durga and her abode receives thousands of devotees each year.
Food and Accommodation
Modhera has many good restaurants and fast food corners that serve various kinds of cuisines along with the very authentic Gujarati thali and Gujarati snacks like gathiya, farad, dhokla, khandvi etc. Flavors, Navya Jagdish, Fun n Food, and Cascade etc are some of the well-known eateries in and around Modhera. Also, Toran restaurant needs special mention as it stands just outside the Modhera sun temple premises and satiates hunger pangs of the temple visitors by supplying them with snacks like vada, poha etc plus refreshing cold drinks.
There are many good hotels ranging from luxury resorts to medium range to budget hotels. Each of these accommodation options come with decent facilities for a comfortable stay. Some of the most famed hotels in and around the sun temple are Hotel Royal Residency, Hotel Vikram Palace, and Hotel Sahara Bridge etc.
The travelers to Modhera sun temple can pick a fulfilling experience if they abide by the following travel tips-
- The early morning hours are the best time to visit the temple as the weather remains the most pleasure during that time and the temple ambiance looks most mesmerizing after being swept by the first golden rays of the rising sun.
- There are not many good restaurants around the temple and so, you cannot expect to grab the meal in the course of your visit to the temple. So, finish off with your eating part at the Mehsana city which has numerous restaurants.
- Hiring a guide will make your experiences all the more interesting as the guide will let you know interesting tales associated with Sun temple from the pages of history.
Sun Temple Map