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.