Oct. 20, 2021

Union Minister Piyush Goyal visited the Sun temple at Martand. Located atop a hillock, the temple is one of the earliest known sun temples much older than Konark and Modhera.


  • The Martand Sun Temple, also known as Pandou Laidan is a Hindu temple dedicated to Surya (the chief solar deity in Hinduism) and built during the 8th century CE.

  • he 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.

  • Martand is another Sanskrit synonym for Surya.

  • It is now in ruins, as it was destroyed by the orders of Muslim ruler Sikandar Shah Miri.

  • The temple is located five miles from Anantnag in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Source : PIB