Controversy over worship program at ASI protected Martand temple in Kashmir

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The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has caused controversy over two worship ceremonies held at the ruins of the ancient Martand Sun Temple at Mattan in South Kashmir's Anantnag district.

  • ASI officials questioned the worship saying that no religious prayer is performed at ASI protected sites across India.

  • Rule 7(1) of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1959 states that meetings, receptions, feasts, entertainments or conferences cannot be held in a protected monument without the written permission of the Central Government.

  • About Martand Sun Temple

  • The Temple is a Hindu temple located near the city of Anantnag in the Kashmir Valley.

  • The temple is said to have been built in the 8th century, but several attempts were made to destroy it between 1389 and 1413.

  • The Hindu ruler Lalitaditya is believed to have built the Martand Sun Temple in honour of the Sun God or Bhaskara in the 8th century AD.

  • Lalitaditya was a Surya (Sun) Dynasty Kshatriya. 

  • The style of construction of the temple and the expertise displayed therein was unprecedented in world history.

  • The temple is built on a plateau from where the entire Kashmir valley can be seen.

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