My trip to Modhera Sun Temple to visit a 1000 year old stepwell

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My trip to Modhera Sun Temple to visit a 1000 year old stepwell

After spending an hour at Adalaj Vav in Gandhinagar, I pushed for 90 minutes to reach Modhera Sun Temple & Stepwell (Modhera village at Mehsana, Gujarat).

Well, I was here to expand the collection of Stepwell I am covering in whole India, but I was just stunned by the beauty of the entire complex.

Modhera Sun Temple is a 1000 year structure, built in 11th century by Bhima 1st of the Chaulukya Empire.

The temple is now a tourist attraction, maintained by ASI and I had to pay a small fee of Rs 30 to enter. A tip – Keep your cameras in the bag while entering the temple.

The First Look

Way towards Modhera Sun Temple

Way towards Modhera Sun Temple

Modhera Sun Temple

Modhera Sun Temple

Upon entering, I saw this beautiful well maintained park on the right and a museum on the left. And just 20 steps away, was this beautiful sandstone temple and to add its beauty, a stepwell (kund) with 100’s of small temple built inside it.

Surya Kund Stepwell

Surya Kund Stepwell

Surya Kund Stepwell

Surya Kund Stepwell

Surya Kund (name of the stepwell) is the first stepwell I have seen which has more than 100 temples built inside (108 in total). Here I saw many temples of popular Hindu gods like Ganesh, Vishnu, Shiva, and many temples of demi-gods.

Remaining tour of Modhera Sun Temple

Modhera Sun Temple

Modhera Sun Temple

Well, I am interested in stepwells but if will not be fair to exclude this beautiful Sun Temple from this post. As I said above that this temple is more than 1000 year old and the work done on the temple walls, pillars, ceiling and even the preservation of this temple is respectable.

The whole temple complex is divided into three main attractions. First is the Surya Kund stepwell and other two are temples complex named Gudhamandapa and Garbhagriha.

Gudhamandapa and Garbhagriha

Gudhamandapa and Garbhagriha are two complexes in Modhera Sun Temple. The 1st one which is visible from the stepwell is Gudhamandapa & the one behind his is Garbhagriha.

Here is the collection of Images I have for both these temples. Plus in the end, I have shared some common question one have like how to reach here, timings, the yearly festival, etc.

Garbhagriha complex at Modhera Sun Temple

Gudhamandapa complex at Modhera Sun Temple

Ceiling of Garbhagriha at Modhera Sun Temple

Ceiling of Gudhamandapa at Modhera Sun Temple

Gudhamandapa Complex

And these are the pics of Garbhagriha Complex of Modhera Sun Temple.

Garbhagriha Complex of Modhera Sun Temple

Garbhagriha Complex of Modhera Sun Temple

Garbhagriha Entrance

Garbhagriha Entrance

Modhera Sun Temple

Garbhagriha Complex (Backview)

Modhera Sun Temple

Garbhagriha Complex

Wall statues of Modhera Sun Temple

Wall statues of Modhera Sun Temple

How to reach Modhera Sun Temple

The temple is less than 100 km from Ahmedabad. I hired a cab for the whole day for Rs 3000. One can also catch a bus from Ahmedabad or land at Becharji Railway Station. Check sites like ERail and Irctc for more.

Timings of Modhera Sun Temple

Modhera Sun Temple is an ASI maintained site so naturally, the timings here are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

And lastly, there is also a Modhera Dance Festival, which I came to know after my trip. Its a three day festival organised by Gujarat Tourism and is celebrated in the month of January. More like the time of Uttarayan (when the position of the Sun changes) or in simple terms, near Lohri 🙂

More Pictures from Modhera Sun Temple

These are some shots which I took while leaving the Sun Temple. Hope you will like it.

Surya Kund at Modhera Sun Temple

Surya Kund at Modhera Sun Temple

Two Pillars at Modhera Sun Temple

Two Pillars at Modhera Sun Temple

Surya Kund Stepwell

Surya Kund Stepwell

Jatin Chhabra in Modhere Sun Temple

Me at Modhere Sun Temple Stepwell

Modhera Sun Temple direction board

Modhera Sun Temple direction board

Modhera Sun Temple History details

Modhera Sun Temple History details

By | 2017-05-20T11:47:53+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Gujarat, Step Wells|4 Comments

About the Author:

Hi all, I am Jatin Chhabra, born and raised in Delhi India, For me traveling isn’t just a hobby, its more than that. More like a way of living my life and I do it every last week of every month. Attraction which attracts me are Off-beat ones and I always try to visit them before me or they, get perish.

4 Comments

  1. Pamela Julian February 6, 2017 at 2:24 am - Reply

    Very intricate work on the architecture. Fascinating place

  2. S Govindarajan July 9, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Superb Jatin
    Pl continue such posts
    Useful to us

    • Jatin Chhabra July 13, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

      Thanks Govindarajan. I love to travel between Aug to March and prepare lists of sites to see in ‘between months” 🙂
      If you like Modhera temple, then do check out Konark temple in Orissa. It’s an advanced version of Modhera sun temple.

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