Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ruins of Martand

Guest post by Man Mohan Munshi Ji. He shares some recent photographs of Martand and writes: 

The famous sun temple of Martand built by Laltaditya Mukhpida of the Karkota dynasty during the 8th century on an arid Karewa (Vudar) between Mattan and Achibal. It is believed that Laltaditya build a township of Martanda Desa for which he brought water by the Martand Canal from the Lidar river. The location of the temple/township was selected as it provided a beautiful view of the sunset behind the snowy peaks of Pir Panjal Range. But the view of sunset from the temple is now blocked by hefty overgrown Chinars of the Ranbir Pur Village immediately west of the temple.



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