The most memorable and beautiful work of King Lalitaditya is the construction of spacious Martand temple, which the emperor got built in honor of the Sun God or Bhaskar. Lalitaditya was a Kshatriya of Surya (Solar) dynasty. The style of the construction of the temple and the skill exhibited in its construction is rare in the history of the world. Though the cities, towns and the ruins belonging to the era of Lalitaditya are not to be found so easily, the remnants of the big Martand temple, which the emperor had built at the pilgrimage of the same name, is an example of unique building skill of ancient Hindus. They are praised for their design, beauty and art.
Martand holds a very high place in the world's great architectural
designs and is considered to be not only an example of the Kashmiri
architectural skill but also has pride of having been set up at a
prettier spot than those of Parthinan, Taj Mahal and St. Peters. A
representative of all such great buildings and monuments or a
combination and sum total of all the qualities, the ruins of the huge
temple stand in a square field with snow-capped mountains as its
backdrop. This temple has been built with strong and square limestones
and exhibits the pillars of Greek pattern. Martand temple is said to be
a mirror of the art and skill of Kashmiri Hindus. This way Lalitaditya
should not be considered only a founder of a vast empire but also a
founder of art and skill of Kashmiri Hindus for six centuries.
Martand temple was built by King Lalitaditya in honor of the Sun God.
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