Guj: મોઢેરા mōḍhērā

‘City of Joy’ – Village/Temple, Gujarat

From Skt: modaḥ ‘delight’, ‘pleasure’, ‘joy’; and Skt: pura→ara, ‘fort’, ‘city’.

This extraordinary 11thC Sun Temple (one of only two in India) was built in such a way that on the days of the spring (March 21st) and autumn (September 21st) equinoxes the sun’s first rays of sun fall Sun idol in the inner sanctum (garbhagriha).

For related place names see Indian Place names and Gujarat place names.

 

Modhera Sun Temple     Rupeshsarkar