Surya Tilak: A look at temples in other parts of India where sun rays illumine deities

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Published April 17, 2024 at 12:19pm

    Sun rays kiss Lord Rama's forehead in Ayodhya

    It's science and sun meeting spirituality

    Such phenomenon takes place in other temples too

The Surya Tilak phenomenon taking place at Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is being watched my millions. 

At the same time, let’s take a look at other temples where such an alignment is taking place. 

Also Read: Bengaluru’s Optics & Allied Engineering plays crucial role in Ayodhya’s Surya Tilak ceremony tomorrow

The Suriyanar Kovil temple in Tamil Nadu

The Suriyanar Kovil temple in Tamil Nadu, dating back to the 11-12th century, is renowned for its architectural brilliance and astronomical alignment, particularly during the performance of Suryabhishek.

The Nanarayanaswamy Temple

In Andhra Pradesh’s Nagalapuram district, the Nanarayanaswamy Temple conducts a five-day Surya Puja Mahotsavam, where sunlight gracefully transitions through phases, illuminating the presiding deity’s garbhagriha.

Chalukyan Mahalakshmi Temple

Maharashtra’s Chalukyan Mahalakshmi Temple in Kolhapur celebrates the rare Kiranotsav, a bi-annual event where the sun’s rays directly fall on the deity’s idol, bathing the entire idol in sunlight on specific days.

Koba Jain Temple

Gujarat’s Koba Jain Temple hosts the annual Surya Tilak event, where sunlight delicately kisses the marble statue of the deity Mahaveerswami’s forehead precisely at 2.07 pm for three minutes, attracting Jains worldwide.

Unav Balaji Surya Temple

Madhya Pradesh’s Unav Balaji Surya Temple in Datia commemorates a festival dedicated to the Sun God, with the first rays of dawn falling directly on the idol in the sanctum sanctorum.

The Modhera Sun Temple

The Modhera Sun Temple in Gujarat, dating back to the 11th century, witnesses sunrays illuminating the idol of the Sun God on two specific days each year.

The Konark Sun Temple

The Konark Sun Temple in Odisha, known for its architectural brilliance, allows sunlight to touch the temple’s main entrance and filter through its doorways, casting light upon the garbhagriha within, although the doors leading to the main deity remain closed for conservation.

Ranakpur Temple

Rajasthan’s 15th-century Ranakpur Temple in the Aravalis allows sunlight to cascade onto the idol of the Sun god through its architecture, while Karnataka’s Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple near Bengaluru illuminates the entire deity on Makar Sankranti as sunlight penetrates its cave interior.

These temples, along with others like Avudaiyar Koil Temple in Tamil Nadu, Nageswaram Temple, Khajuraho’s Viswanath Temple, and Sringeri’s Saradamba Temple, offer a mesmerizing blend of tradition and architectural splendor in their observance of Surya Abhishek.

 

Surya Tilak: A look at temples in other parts of India where sun rays illumine deities

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    Sun rays kiss Lord Rama's forehead in Ayodhya

    It's science and sun meeting spirituality

    Such phenomenon takes place in other temples too

The Surya Tilak phenomenon taking place at Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is being watched my millions. 

At the same time, let’s take a look at other temples where such an alignment is taking place. 

Also Read: Bengaluru’s Optics & Allied Engineering plays crucial role in Ayodhya’s Surya Tilak ceremony tomorrow

The Suriyanar Kovil temple in Tamil Nadu

The Suriyanar Kovil temple in Tamil Nadu, dating back to the 11-12th century, is renowned for its architectural brilliance and astronomical alignment, particularly during the performance of Suryabhishek.

The Nanarayanaswamy Temple

In Andhra Pradesh’s Nagalapuram district, the Nanarayanaswamy Temple conducts a five-day Surya Puja Mahotsavam, where sunlight gracefully transitions through phases, illuminating the presiding deity’s garbhagriha.

Chalukyan Mahalakshmi Temple

Maharashtra’s Chalukyan Mahalakshmi Temple in Kolhapur celebrates the rare Kiranotsav, a bi-annual event where the sun’s rays directly fall on the deity’s idol, bathing the entire idol in sunlight on specific days.

Koba Jain Temple

Gujarat’s Koba Jain Temple hosts the annual Surya Tilak event, where sunlight delicately kisses the marble statue of the deity Mahaveerswami’s forehead precisely at 2.07 pm for three minutes, attracting Jains worldwide.

Unav Balaji Surya Temple

Madhya Pradesh’s Unav Balaji Surya Temple in Datia commemorates a festival dedicated to the Sun God, with the first rays of dawn falling directly on the idol in the sanctum sanctorum.

The Modhera Sun Temple

The Modhera Sun Temple in Gujarat, dating back to the 11th century, witnesses sunrays illuminating the idol of the Sun God on two specific days each year.

The Konark Sun Temple

The Konark Sun Temple in Odisha, known for its architectural brilliance, allows sunlight to touch the temple’s main entrance and filter through its doorways, casting light upon the garbhagriha within, although the doors leading to the main deity remain closed for conservation.

Ranakpur Temple

Rajasthan’s 15th-century Ranakpur Temple in the Aravalis allows sunlight to cascade onto the idol of the Sun god through its architecture, while Karnataka’s Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple near Bengaluru illuminates the entire deity on Makar Sankranti as sunlight penetrates its cave interior.

These temples, along with others like Avudaiyar Koil Temple in Tamil Nadu, Nageswaram Temple, Khajuraho’s Viswanath Temple, and Sringeri’s Saradamba Temple, offer a mesmerizing blend of tradition and architectural splendor in their observance of Surya Abhishek.

 

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