Sun Temple

Sun Temple, Gwalior

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A Choudhury
New Delhi, India112 contributions
Beautiful Architecture
Feb 2021
The Sun Temple dedicated to the Sun God is located amidst a very clean and well maintained garden. The architecture is beautiful and there are many wonderful carvings on the outside portion of the temple. Photography is prohibited inside the temple.
Written 11 May 2021
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madhur agrawal
Gwalior, India8 contributions
Sun temple
Oct 2019 • Family
You will feel relax here, beautiful environment and we can't rate the god place must visit this temple
Written 7 June 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,46,617 contributions
Like a chariot
Jan 2020
The Sun Temple (aka Surya Mandir) is a Hindu temple dedicated to the sun god Surya. The building was apparently inspired by the Sun Temple in Konark. The shape of the temple and the sculptures that adorn the walls imitate a chariot. This temple is quite far from the centre of Gwalior. I’m guessing that if like me you’ve never seen the Sun Temple of Konark, then it's worthwhile coming out all that way to see this.
Written 27 April 2020
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Moonmoon Ghosh
New Delhi, India66 contributions
A faithful replica
Mar 2020
Gwalior's Sun Temple, dedicated to the sun god, is a faithful replica of the shrine in Konark. Beautifully done in red sandstone, it is dedicated to the eponymous god and stands in the middle of a raised platform. The temple on a chariot is drawn by seven horses and helmed by Surya. The chariot has 24 wheels (12 on each side), and each wheel has 16 spokes. Each detail is architecturally significant: The seven horses depict the seven days of the week, the 24 wheels the number of hours in a day, and so on. The outside of the temple is covered with intricate sculptures of several hundred gods and goddesses, including the 10 avatars of Vishnu. The sanctum sanctorum, with a lofty dome (photography isn't allowed inside), is done in white marble.

The shrine is surrounded by well-maintained and manicured gardens, lots of flower patches, and a variety of fauna, from squirrels and birds to stray dogs and screaming peacocks. But for those expecting a structure from an earlier era (like us), the Surya Mandir can be a tad disappointing, having been built as recently as 1988 by the Birla family. Good place for tourists and devotees, average for explorers. 7/10.  
Written 17 March 2020
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vishalbahl
Mumbai, India8 contributions
Sun Temple , one of the 12 in the country
Feb 2020
Must Visit the Sun Temple , open from 6:30 am to 5pm & closed at noon from 12-1 pm .
The gurudwara is of historical importance , The Fort has a sound et lumirere show , its a pleasure to visit the fort & since gwalior is a base for fighter planes , you may see them taking off for sortees , The palace is worth seeing , especially the chandeliers & the dining table with the toy train running on it
Written 5 March 2020
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annebrandy
Budapest, Hungary164 contributions
nice replica
Nov 2019
Aftre seeing so many historic monument this replica is a nice try but impressinmg people lookling for old structures
Written 16 February 2020
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Nish0901
New Delhi, India1,147 contributions
Dedicated to Lord Sun
Jan 2020
Sun temple is little away from Gwalior city. The temple is surrounded by beautiful garden. The temple is beautiful but photograph is not allowed inside.
Written 23 January 2020
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chiragk
Meerut, India432 contributions
Sun God Temple
Jan 2020 • Family
Quite peaceful place with large gounds. Temple architecture is quite good. We attended evening arti which was quite soothing n calm. We spotted 5- 6 peacocks here. Good place to relax your mind.
Written 16 January 2020
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anandmohans
Noida, India39 contributions
Good for a short trip
Nov 2019
This is a neatly maintained temple located in Gwalior. The campus has lots of huge trees and small park for kids. Good enough to spend an hour or so if going with kids.
Written 4 January 2020
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Monkatheart
Ghaziabad, India150 contributions
Very beautiful
Nov 2019 • Family
Sun Temple : One of the most beautiful piece of architecture you will see in India. It's not ancient but is truly built with much love....Once a lifetime visit.
Built by Seth Birla, it has sculptures of Mrs and Mr Birla facing the temple with joined hands offering salutations to the visible form of God : Sun.
The temple flaunts almost all major Hindu deities and sages on its walls. And in the mid or garbh-griha, sits a glowing sculpture of Sun God. Mirrors are placed at strategic positions to concentrate sunlight on the sculpture through different angels at Aarti times.
Lawns are lush and well maintained. Clicking pictures inside the temple building are prohibited. Outer area can be clicked.
The temple is made in form of a 'rath' or the chariot of Sun with 7 horses.
Written 10 December 2019
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