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After Chalukya ruler Bhima I’s troops withstood an attack by Mahmud of Ghazni during 1024-1025, their king is said to have commission­ed this temple. It has been plundered over the years—the golden idol of the Sun God is no longer found in the garbha griha—but the intricate erotic and mythologic­al carvings make the place unmissable. While the Sabha Mandap here stands on 52 pillars, signifying the 52 weeks in a year, the Surya Kunda, shaped like a stepwell, is meant to signify the union of fire and water. Among sun temples, Konark and Kashmir’s Martand grab all headlines, but it’s at Modhera that one truly sees the light.

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