|Sun worship in India: The Indian system of
beliefs reveres the Sun as an inexhaustable source of energy. The Sun God portrayed in
ancient temples bears symbols and ornaments resembling those from Asia Minor.
||Legends related to Surya: This
article traces the various legends associated with Surya, his consorts Usha, Chhaaya and
|Surya - Iconography - Beliefs: The
Sun is portrayed seated on a chariot drawn by seven horses. A common thread of beliefs
surrounds sun worship all over the Indian subcontinent.
||Suryanaar Koyil near Kumbhakonam in
Tamilnadu: was constructed by Kulottunga Chola in the 1100s, to aid visiting dignitaries
from Kanauj in sun worship.
||The Konark Sun temple is probably the best and
most majestic specimen of temple art in Orissa, despite its ruined state.
|The Surya Pahar temple situated amongst
several archaeological remains in Goalpara in Assam is an ancient center of sun worship.
||The Modhera sun temple, even in its ruined
state is a majestic one, bearing testimony to the art of the ancient Chalukyas of Gujarat.
|The Suryanarayana temple at Arasavalli in Andhra Pradesh is an
ancient one built by the Kalinga rulers in the 1st millennium CE.
||The Dakshinaarka Sun temple at Gaya is
associated with the rites for making offerings to ancestors.
||The Sun Temple at Ranakpur:
is a magnificient structure in
white soapstone. It is located in the vicinity of the grand Jain temple complex in
Ranakpur in Rajasthan.
commemorating the last solar eclipse of the
2nd millennium CE.
temple at Unao in Madhya Pradesh is an
ancient one, believed to be associated with cures for skin ailments.
|Links to Sun temples outside India.