Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Sun Temple

I've been taking people to the sun temple for many years. Normally we do a day trip from Ahmedabad. First we go to the temple, then we can go to Patan which has a beautiful raniki wav 1022AD. In Patan if you are interested in textiles you can visit the patola and see the mushru fabric. If you are more interested in architecture we can visit Sidpur which has beautiful old houses built of bricks with Indian and English influences.

Sun Temple was built in 1020AD and is divided into three parts. The first, jalkund has 108 small temples because rosaries have 108 beads. The second part is shabamandab. This has 52 pillars inside it and each pillar tells you a different story about Hindu legends of Ramayana and Mahbharat. The third part is the temple. Inside the temple there used to be a big gold statue which had a large diamond on the headcrown. On two days each year - 21st March and 23rd September (spring and autumn equinox) the first sun sign would strike the diamond throwing out a huge light.


  1. We have just come back from a fantastic day with Johnny visiting the Sun Temple, the stepwell of Patan (raniki wav)and two different weaving workshops, one the only place in the world that uses the double ikat technique and design, the other a workshop where the sumptuous mushru fabric is woven. Johnny has extensive knowledge of the places he takes you to visit, is endlessly good humoured and helpful. I don't think you could find a better guide -- or a nicer man.

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