Anantnag Temple also known as Martand Sun Temple is in the gorgeous state of Jammu and Kashmir.
This magnificent shrine dedicated to the Sun God, Surya, is located just five miles away from Anantnag, and even in its ruined state, the temple tells a story that will leave you in awe.
The temple complex has influences from Gupta, Gandharan, Syrian, Chinese, Roman, and Greek architectural forms fused brilliantly, making it a unique specimen of Hindu-Kashmiri architecture.
You might recognize this temple from some of your favorite Bollywood blockbusters like Aandhi and Haider, which were filmed here.
As you enter the temple complex, you’ll be greeted by elaborate carvings of Hindu deities that will take your breath away. The ruined collonaded courtyard leads to the main shrine of Lord Surya, located in the center of the complex.
The main shrine has a smaller antechamber decorated with intricate carvings of Lord Vishnu, Ganga, and Yamuna – the river goddesses – and, of course, the ultimate Sun God, Surya. You can almost feel the positive vibes emanating from this beautiful shrine.
The Martand Sun Temple was built between the 7th and 8th century by King Lalitaditya Muktapida, the third ruler of the Karkota Dynasty. The foundation of the temple complex was laid between 350 and 500 CE, and some parts of the structure were also constructed during the reign of Ranaditya.
In the 15th century, the temple complex was completely demolished on the orders of a Muslim ruler in Kashmir, Sikandar Butshikan. It took over a year to tear down this grand and sturdy temple complex. It was a rage-induced meltdown!