Among a few extant, the Marthand temple is one, and although in
ruins, it gives a graphic account of the rulers' patronage and the people's faith
in the Sun-worship. This Surya kshetra then attained spectacular significance,
and its pre-eminence commanded the-position of a supreme centre of,
pilgrimage. Art critics and archaeologists praised lavishly deeming it the
architectural lion of Kashmir. And it was built by the enlightened king
Ialitaditya in the middle of eighth century.
It reflects the superb
craftsmanship of the sculptors and glory of architects. And was hailed as one of
the most finished temples exuberantly beautified with exquisite sculpture and
artistic carvings. Its arches and carvings received approbation by the visitors
and critics as, well.
is located on an extensive pleateau and commands an excellent view of snow bound
zones due to high eminence and panoramic natural scenery surrounding it. It
consists of vast courtyards with the well-built garbha griha in the centre
surrounded by a graceful colonnade of 84 columns artistically made. It was in
its heyday considered as a jewel among the temples built by the theist kings.