The Martand Sun temple is situated on top of a plateau, near the town of Anantnag. It is a medieval temple dedicated to Bhaskar, the Sun God. King Lalitaditya, a Kshatriya of Surya (Solar) dynasty, got the Martand Sun temple constructed to commemorate Surya. This beautiful Martand temple has a colonnaded courtyard, with the shrine in its center. Built with 84 columns, the temple offers a magnificent view of the Kashmir valley. Martand temple of Kashmir counts amongst the best and most memorable works of King Lalitaditya.
The architecture and style of the Martand Sun temple counts amongst the
rare ones in the world. Built up of hard and square limestone, the
Martand temple serves as a living proof of the skill and talent of the
Hindu Kashmiris of the bygone era. Apart from the exquisite
architecture, another attraction of the Martand temple is its
picturesque surroundings. The temple, standing in a square field with
the beautiful snow covered mountains serving as its backdrop, presents
an awe-inspiring sight.