Sun Temple, Gwalior

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Timings : 6:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Time Required : 1 hour

Entry Fee : Free

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Vivashwan Sun Temple

Sun Temple, Gwalior Overview

The Surya Mandir or Sun Temple is one of the most spectacular shrines as well as an architectural wonder that adorns the city of Gwalior. As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to the holy Sun God and was constructed in the year 1988 by the famous industrialist G.D. Birla. Built on the lines of legendary Sun Temple at Konark, Orissa, the Sun Temple of Gwalior is a magnificent amalgam of exquisite architecture in red sandstone and pearly white marble.

As you encounter the outer edifice, you will see the red sandstone exterior of the Sun Temple built in the manner of gradual slots that reach up to the peak of the facade. A splendid idol of the Sun Lord is enshrined in the temple. Although not constructed long ago, it is among the most revered shrines in the ancient city attracting tourists and devotees from all over the country in large numbers.

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History of Sun Temple

The Sun Temple of Gwalior was commissioned in the year 1984 by the famous industrialist of India, G.D Birla. With its foundation stone laid on 19th January 1984, it took 4 years 4 days to complete its construction when finally on 23rd January 1988, the temple saw its completion. Initially known as Tapovan Garden, the name of the place changed to Surya Van or Surya Garden after completion. Inspired by the popular Sun Temple of Konark, Orissa, today this magnificent structure is equally revered in this ancient city.

Best Time To Visit Sun Temple

It is best to visit the temple during winters to get a respite from the scorching heat, i.e. between the months of October and March.

Tips For Visiting Sun Temple

1. Visit in evening to attend the aarti which makes the entire surrounding entrancing.
2. Keep track of your belongings in the temple
3. Since this is a place of worship, dress conservatively
4. Leave your footwear outside the temple

How To Reach Sun Temple, Gwalior

The Sun Temple is one of the most sought after attraction in the city of Gwalior. It is located at a mere distance of about 5 kilometres from local bus stand and from railways station. Take a taxi or a bus to reach the temple.

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