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The inside of the Sun temple at Modhera a few minutes after sunrise. Built in 1026 AD by the kings of the Solanki clan of Gujarat. The Solankis believed themselves to be descendants of the Sun, which is considered a deity by Hindus.

The temple is special in Hinduism in that there is no image/idol of the deity on display and there is no "puja" (ritual worship)conducted here. Instead there is a gemstone placed in the central chamber such that the first rays of the sun filter through these pillars (in the foreground) to hit it accurately. This happens only on the equinoxes which I was unfortunate enough to miss by a couple of days. On other days the gemstone is removed and kept under lock and key.

The temple complex also has a stepped and carved water tank which includes small shrines to different deities on the steps.

My shadow on the ground is a bit distracting but I couldn't figure out a way to avoid it..

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