Modhera, is an ancient village and is famous for the remains of the Sun Temple built by the Chalukya dynasty.
The place is full of historical relics, structures, and legends that’ll leave you feeling like Indiana Jones.
Now, when to go? Well, you can visit Modhera any time of year, but if you’re not a fan of sweating like a pig, it’s probably best to go during the cooler months of October to March. And if you’re lucky enough to be there during the fourth week of January, you’ll be able to attend the Uttarardha Mahotsav, a classical arts festival held at the Sun Temple. It’s a great way to soak up the local culture and have a blast!
The Sun Temple is the most famous tourist attraction in Modhera and for good reason. It’s the ruins of an ancient temple devoted to the Sun God Surya and is situated along the river Pushpavati. The temple is divided into three major components: the shrine hall, assembly hall, and reservoir. The reservoir, also known as the Kund, is lined with 108 miniature shrines on the steps and leads to the assembly hall. The assembly hall is famous for its 52 exquisite pillars on which the roof rests. The architecture is so intricate and detailed that you’ll be awestruck.
But wait, there’s more! The Modeshwari Mata temple is devoted to Goddess Modeshwari Mata and is said to be the Kuldevi of the Modh community. The sculpture of the goddess in the temple has 18 arms, each bearing a weapon. The story behind the temple is pretty epic too. It involves a demon named Karnat, saints seeking protection, and Goddess Parvati unleashing fire from her mouth to give birth to her avatar Goddess Modheshwari Mata.
Legend has it that Lord Rama settled in the village of Modherak and performed a Yagna there, which later came to be known as Sitapur. The village then took on the name Modhera. See, I told you this place was full of legends and history!
If you’re feeling peckish, head on over to Toran restaurant outside the main temple premises. They serve traditional Indian fare as well as snack titbits. It’s currently the only dining option in the village, but you can find more eateries in Mehsana.
Overall, Modhera is a must-visit for anyone who loves history and culture. It’s a small village that’ll take you back in time to the grandiose lifestyles of kings and queens. So, if you’re ever in Gujarat, make sure Modhera is on your list of places to visit. You won’t regret it!