History & Culture

Time to rebuild Martanda temple of Kashmir

Time has come to campaign for rebuilding the Martanda -the biggest and magnificent Sun temple of Kashmir. If we can campaign to reopen Sharda Devi temple in PoJK and wish one day that temple, now in ruins, gets reconstructed for daily prayers, Kashmiri pandits in particular and Hindus in general should rebuild the Martand temple in Kashmir. We donot need approval of Pakistan to rebuild our own “Martand temple” in valley again, but why are we and those engaged in temple movements not campaigning, constructing and rebuilding our own ancient temples of Kashmir. Why Hindu organizations and Muths should not be raising a campaign pan India to rebuild ancient temples of Valley. Let us start campaign rebuild ancient temples of Kashmir. Let us start from Martand sun temple.
The Martand Sun Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Surya Dev and built during the 8th century CE. Martand is Sanskrit name for the Sun-god. Now in ruins, the temple is located five miles from Anantnag in south Kashmir.
The Martand Sun Temple was built by the third ruler of the Karkota Dynasty, Lalitaditya Muktapida, in the 8th century CE. It is said to have been built during 725-756 CE. The foundation of the temple is said to have been around since 370-500 CE, with some attributing the construction of the temple to have begun with Ranaditya. One story says it was build by Samba, the son of Lord Krishna.
The temple was completely destroyed on the orders of Muslim ruler Sikandar Butshikan in the early 15th century, with demolition lasting a year.

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