Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on 27 August offered prayers at the Surya temple in Lohargal Dham of Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu district.
After his visit to the temple, the vice president is scheduled to offer prayers at the Rani Sati temple in Jhunjhunu and address a programme at Sainik School.
About Lohargal Sun temple of Jhunjhunu
This temple is located in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Here, in front of the temple, there is an ancient holy Sun Kund.
It is believed that the Pandavas were absolved of the sin of killing their relatives in the Mahabharata war only after taking a bath here and their arms were wrapped in the Suryakund here. Lohargal means the place where iron is melted.
Various Sun Temples in Rajasthan
Ranakpur Sun temple
- Devoted to Surya Narayan, the temple built during the 15th century and Nagara style of temples.
- It is situated almost 95 km from Udaipur and located near Jain Temples of Ranakpur.
Surya Temple, Jhalrapatan
- Rajasthan's Konark temple was constructed by Nag Bhatt II in around 815 AD. James Todd gave the name of Chaturbhuja Mandir.
- The temple has some other names also Padmanabha temple or Temple of Seven Friends/Sath Sahelio ka Mandir.
Devka Sun Temple, Barmer
- Built in the 12th century, it is also home to various other temples of Lord Shiva, Kuber and Vishnu. Temple is built in Panchayatana Style, a main shrine in the centre followed by four small shrines on corners. Temple has Mandir Pand, Gokh and Makar Pylon.
Sun Temple Galta, Jaipur
- Temple was founded by Sawai jai Isngh of Jaipur. There is no idol of Lord Surya in this temple. A bigger picture has been installed in its place.
- Presently this is worshiped. In fact, earlier an attractive eight-inch idol of Lord Surya Dev made of Ashtadhatu was installed here. In the year 1979, unknown people killed the priest and stole this rare idol from here.
- The festival of Surya Saptami is celebrated here on Shukla Saptami in the month of Magh.
Sun Temple, Osian
- A short distance from the Vaishnava temples in Osian, the Sun Temple is built, which has a sanctum sanctorum, antarala, open circumambulation path, sabha mandapa and dwara mandapa.
- Available evidence suggests that this too might have been a Panchayatan type temple.
Sun Temple of Budhadit, Kota
- The Sun Temple of Budhadit is situated near Sultanpur in Kota district. This temple under the Department of Archeology and Museum is 9th-10th century old. This is one of the oldest Sun Temples in the area of artistic, craft-rich Hadoti. The east-facing Shikhar Bandh Budhadit temple has a sanctum sanctorum and a mahamandap in the Panchayatana style temple.
Sun temple, Amber Jaipur
- There is also an inscription of Vikram Samvat 1011 (A.D. 954) on a pillar in the row in front of the mandap.
- This famous Sun Temple is situated on the west side of the city on the slope of Amer hill, facing south-east. It has a square sanctum, a corridor and pillared pavilions.
Sun Temple Toos, Udaipur
- This mid-tenth century temple of the Sun God is located in the village of 'Toos', about 20 miles (32 km) east of Udaipur on the road to Chittorgarh.
- The original superstructure of this temple built in the Maha-Gurjara style has been lost. The Sun Temple of Tus appears to have been built for the exclusive worship of the solar sect, as no other deity is carved in the entire temple.
Sun temple, Mandesar, Udaipur
- There is also a Sun Temple in Mandesar village near Udaipur's Maharana Pratap Airport.
- This east-facing temple is built in Nagara style on three levels - Pravesh Mandap, Sabha Mandap and Garbhagriha.
Kalika Temple, Chittor
- The Kalika Temple located in the Chittorgarh fort is actually the Sun Temple of the eighth century AD, which is now called the Kalika Mata Temple.
- This temple is situated in the southern part of the Chittorgarh fort, to the south of Jaimal and Patta ki Havelis.