King and Queen with Their “People” at Modhera SunTemple

Modera Sun Temple in northern Gujurat was  a favorite for both groups no doubt because of dbell’s inspiring lectures in BTA! This temple was built in the 11 Century  and is ancient Hindu.  This is not a step well in-spite of the fact that there are steps and water at the bottom. The ancient Hindus worshiped the sun for its many properties, moving across the sky daily ,   its warmth, and light.  The green water at the bottom of the stairs represents the ocean.  Their beliefs were that the sun was born each morning from the sea. Today with more knowledge and different faith systems, this seems odd.  But think about ancient people seeing the sun  rising or being born each morning from the horizon of the sea, and it makes sense as an explanation of nature’s wonders.

This picture  shows d and abell on the royal seats in the middle and the students positioned along the hill.  I am not sure who took the picture but Royd and Sarah H are not in it. I remember many directions being shouted out to make the shot symmetrical.  And that silly tourist peering down from the sidewalk must not have spoken English!  He will be forever , the uninvited guest!  Here is one of my original posts about Modera.

https://talesalongtheway.com/2013/02/08/the-sun-temple-at-modhera/

https://talesalongtheway.com/2013/02/08/the-sun-temple-at-modhera/

 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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8 Responses to King and Queen with Their “People” at Modhera SunTemple

  1. Hi. You’ve said that you are discovering the wonderfully complex India. How complex do you feel India is from your travel experience so far?

    • annetbell says:

      Great question to hold me to my words! Antiquity of the culture and the desire for modernity. 6 major religion with 4 of them started in India, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Islam, and Christianity most of them at most times living peacefully and respectfully together. 97% of population professes one faith system or another. Science, technology such as the Indian rocket to the orbit of Mars sent cheaper and quicker than US or any other superpower and the lack of toilets in India.

      Most of all it is the amazing people. . . .entrepreneurs even the poor in the streets. . . selling food, cutting hair, mending shoes.

      With no social programs they live simply and with almost nothing but they take joy in simple pleasures such as Holi with throwing colors or kite flying. They want nothing from the rest of the world except a good life, no desire to conqueror or control. They are friendly, kind, generous, and amazing.

      TIII . . . This is Incredible India ! Thanks for the question. . . keep them coming ! Have you visited India?

  2. annetbell says:

    BCUBE, I was blessed to be in India twice for a total of 8 months with my husband who is a professor and American architecture Sadly people who come for a week or two never have the experiences I had. that is one reason I enjoy the blog and it is a record of my travels for my family. . I would love to know where you live. . . My favorite place is Varanasy. . .

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