Traveler’s Guide to Modhera Village in Gujarat


Modhera, a village in Mehsana district of Gujarat, was recently declared the country’s first 24/7 solar-powered village by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The announcement was quickly followed by the launch of a sound and light show in 3D projection explaining the importance of the Temple of the Sun in the picturesque village of Gujarat. As this news has brought Modhera into the limelight, here is a brief tourist guide if you are planning to visit the historic village.

Located in the Mehsana district of Gujarat, Modhera is well known for the sun temple of the Chalukya era (940 CE-1240 CE). Located on the banks of the Pushpavati River, Modhera was known as “Dharmaranya” during the Puranic era. Local legends suggest that Lord Ram performed the yagna here to wash away the sin of killing Ravana, a Brahmin.

Temple of the Sun, a masterpiece of stone carving
Surrounded by a garden full of flowering trees, the Modhera Sun Temple was built during the reign of Bhima I of the Chaulukya Dynasty, also known as the Solanki Dynasty. The temple is a masterpiece of stone carving, which is an example of the stonework art of the Solanki period, often referred to as the golden age of Gujarat.

Things to do
If you like quiet places away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Modhera is for you.

The untouched serene landscape and the majestic temple complex will take you from the daily routine of daily life to the grand times of the golden age of Gujarat. Upon entering the historic complex, you first encounter the exquisite kund known as Ramakund, built in a rectangular shape containing 108 shrines of various gods. Post this, walk up the steps to the Sabha Mandap or assembly.

Also, if listening to stories is your thing, find the priest who takes care of the temple. Ask him to tell the tales and sequences of epics and legends engraved on the 52 pillars of the temple section. Finally, a visit to garbhagriha will feel like a spiritual experience. However, the statue of the sun god no longer exists.

The Modhera Sun Temple was built during the reign of Bhima I. Credit: Gujarat Tourism/Website

How to Reach Modhera

Road: The distance from Ahmedabad to Modhera is 101 km, which takes about 1 hour 45 minutes. From Mehsana it is 26km

Train: The train will drop you off at Mehsana (30 minutes from Modhera)

Air: The nearest airport is Ahmedabad


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