Modhera Sun Temple
Shanku's Water Park
Welcome to Mehsana,
Mehsana is one of the largest cities in North Gujarat. A number of primary industries including dairy, and oil and natural gas are situated in or around the city. The city is also famous for its local Mehsani buffalo breed, having the first water park in Eurasia (currently the largest in Gujarat), and the largest iron and steel market in India.
It is also known for "Vadnagar" which is a famous town in Mehsana District. If really want to enjoy your day then you could spend your day in "Water Park" also. Mehsana is also known for high-tech educational institution, GANPAT VIDHYANAGAR. The famous Sun Temple and other Jain temples at Modhera is just about 55 km from Mehsana. Modhera's Sun temple is over 900 years old.
A short motor ride towards Chanasma and you come to the town of Becharaj and the temple of Bahuchar Mata, an incarnation of the Mother Goddess. Pilgrimages are undertaken to this site for vows fulfilled and boons granted. 'Bahuchar Mata' is the patron goddess of the women folk who invoke her intervention in domestic violence and problems within the family. The goddess is also principle deity of transvestites and eunuchs who flock here large numbers to seek the blessings of the goddess.
There is a hall that pays tribute to all the artists of the Nayak community, who were known to perform the ancient bhavai form - the folk theatre of Gujarat. Bhavai was the most widely used tool for mass communication used since the 12th century till recent times. This museum helps introduce some of the legends of the bhavai artform, such as Jaishankar Sundari, Chhagan Romeo, Bapalal Naik to the everyday audience.
The recent excavations have brought to light a Buddhist Monastery belonging to the 2nd-7th century AD, within the fortified area of Vadnagar. The monastery had two votive stupas and an open central count yard around which initially nine cells were constructed. The arrangement of cells around the central courtyard creates a swastika(fylfot)-like pattern.
This profusely carved 17th century temple just outside town enshrines Hatkeshwar Mahadev, the family deity of Nagar Brahmins, who were once a prominent community in Vadnagar. The temple's inner sanctum houses a Shiva linga said to have self-emerged (swayambhu). From the roof of the sanctum a massive shikhar soars high into the sky. Facing east, the temple is enclosed by a high wall topped by three circular domes interspersed with flat stretches in the Indo-Saracenic tradition.
The exterior of the temple is exquisitely ornamented with figures of the nine planets, musicians, evocative dancing apsaras, regent deities, the chief gods of the Hindu pantheon, scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and varied animal and floral motifs. The premises also have an ancient Kashivishveshvara Shiva temple, a Swaminarayan temple and two Jain temples.
A soothing drive amidst green farmlands just 35 km away from Mehsana on the way to the temples of goddess Bahucharaji reposes the village of Modhera. Set along the backdrop of River Pushpavati, surrounded by a terra-formed garden of flowering trees and songs of birds, rests the famed Sun temple of Modhera.
As you relax and soothe your nerves, become one with nature and open your mind to the poetry in stone, dedicated to the sun god, living glimpses of the era far elapsed emerge out of the intricacies of narrative sculptures . The remains of the Sun Temples at Modhera are relics of times gone by when reverence of the natural elements fire, air, earth, water and sky were at their peak sharing space with myriad manifestations of Vedic gods.
It is the first water park in Eurasia(currently the largest in Gujarat). The group is the pioneer in getting the water parks to India and has the best and the most favorite three star holiday resort (Shanku's Water World Resort), an outdoor catering division (Shanku's Catering Services) and a plus two level CBSE based residential School (Divine Child School).
The Sharmishtha Talav is an interesting example of the water retaining systems of the Solanki period, as it is still in use. It is an ancient lake created by the waters of the river Kapila flowing from the hills of Aravalli. More than 4500 years ago, early settlements appeared on its northeastern shore. Later a stepped embankment was created all around it to retain the water. In order to protect the embankments from getting destroyed by the gushing waters of the river in monsoon, a water feeding kund was built on the northern side of the lake. This kund, called Nagdharo, with a lake, pool, locks, and feeding channel, built during the Solanki period, is a specimen of high quality engineering.
It is situated on the left bank of the River Saraswati. The town is a revered destination, flanked by temples, kunds, ashrams and other sacred structures.
Raja Siddhraj built a magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Shiva called as the 'Rudra Mahalaya' in 12th century AD. The temple was an architectural wonder with a three-storeyed 'shikhara', 1600 pillars, 12 entrance doors, central 'mandapa' and porches on east, north and south and sanctum in west. Around the temple, there were 11 shrines of Rudra. The eastern gate was adorned with beautifully carved 'Toran', with a flight of steps leading to the Saraswati River. The ornamentation of the temple was exuberant as shown by the elaborate and detailed carvings of the pillars and the beautiful Toran, which are the only remains of the temple today.
In Vedas, this modern day Sidhpur is mentioned as 'Shristhal' or a 'pious place'. Of the five most holy and ancient lakes in India is the Bindu Sarovar, which lies here in Siddpur. Sidhpur has the importance of 'Martu Gaya' or 'Matru Shraddh', a place where people come annually to perform the rituals for their mothers who are in heavenly abode. These ceremonies are presided over by the Brahmins, who are treated with high regard. They are performed at Kapilamuni Ashram, where 3 sacred water kunds: the Gyan Vapika, Alpa Sarovar and Bindu Sarovar are present. It is also said that Lord Parshuram performed 'Matru Shraddh' at the Bindu Sarovar and his temple is also created here for darshan (worship).
In a close proximity to the sun temple, located near the entrance is a small, unadorned Step Well. This three storied structure built in the 10 century as a step over point for caravans was damaged in the earthquake of 2001 and is now a restricted area under renovation. There exists famous temple of Matangi Modheswari Mata, the original temple being in the ancient step-well.
Ucharpi is a Village in Mehsana district in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is a village situated on the bank of Khari river. Ucharpi has many famous temples one of which Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir which is on the road of Chitroda Village.
It is famous for following places:
- Lake of Ucharpi
- A seagull in Lake Ucharpi
- Khari River
- Bhimnath Mahadev
- Sankat Mochan Hanuman and Kalka Mataji Nu Mandir
- Biliya Mahadev
On the road to Sidhpur is a pilgrimage site for people of diverse communities. Umiya Mata the clan goddess of the Patidar community is said to reside here and attracts a fair number of visitors from India and abroad. Unjha is also the last resting place of 'Mira Datar', a muslim Pir revered by a gamut of communities.
The town is famous for its torans, a pair of 12th century columns supporting an arch, about 40 feet tall built in red and yellow sandstone, just north of the walled town. They stand majestically on the bank of Sharmistha Talav, on a road going down from Arjun Bari. They are among the few surviving examples of the entrance gates, once a regular feature of the architecture of Gujarat in Solanki period. The carving style is similar to the Rudra Mahalaya at Sidhpur.
Perhaps erected after a war victory, the architecture is embellished with carvings of battle and hunting scenes. The one to the east is in better condition and has been used as a symbol of Gujarat in recent times. The torans might have served as an entrance to a large temple complex.
- Vishnu and Shiva Temples, Seven-story Pancham Mehta Vav, Gaurikund, Several Nagar Brahmin Havelis etc.