The Sun Temple in Modhera village is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Sun God Surya located in Mehsana district of Gujarat in India. It is situated on the banks of river Pushpavati. The temple was built after 1026-27 CE during the reign of Bhima I of the Chaulukya dynasty. No worship is offered in the temple now and the temple is a protected monument these days, maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The temple complex has three components: Gudhamandapa, the shrine hall; Sabhamandapa, the assembly hall and Kunda, the reservoir. The halls have intricately carved exteriors and pillars. The reservoir has steps to reach the bottom and has numerous small shrines.
This peerless temple space acts as a
grandiose backdrop for the vibrant expressions of dancers and aesthetic
ethnicity of the country. Dance troupes and performers from all regions
of the nation bring along a panorama of varied dance forms and styles,
interlaced with the essence of their origins. The performers blend in
the ambience and bring life to the sandstone figurines carved on the
edifice of the temple, singing and narrating legends of times bygone.