Suraj Kund- The Tank in a Sun Temple

In my earlier posts, I have shared photographs of famous and not-so-famous historical monuments in and around the city of Delhi. My earlier post was on the Qutub Minar, built in the 13th century A.D. Today, I will go back around 3 centuries to visit a tank which looks more like a stadium.

Suraj Kund, as this archaeological site is popularly known, is a water tank which resembles a Roman amphitheatre. Believed to have been constructed by the Tomar King, Suraj Pal, this remarkable monument is believed to have been constructed in the 10th century A.D., when sun worship was a common practice. Suraj means Sun in Hindi.

The shape of the kund (tank) resembles the rising sun curving eastwards. This effect is brought about by the semi-circular stepped stone embankments. Ruins of the Sun temple, believed to have stood here, can be seen even today. The bed of the Kund is about 130 metres in diameter.

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If you are in Delhi, you might want to visit this beautiful historical site.

Hope you enjoyed the trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

43 thoughts on “Suraj Kund- The Tank in a Sun Temple

    • Thank you!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes indeed, I was fortunate that the man decided to climb down the steps…and the fact that he was wearing blue…which made it easier to spot him… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hmmm….I don’t think it is used as a reservoir anymore…it is more of a tourist spot…and the local government organises the Surajkund Fair in the winter, which is sort of a cultural fair…very nice, I have been told. And you are so right! Delhi is one amazing place…and that’s just one city! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. What stands out in the photo are bricks! Did you know the origin of kiln fired bricks?

    If not then wait for my next post ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Wow! I haven’t been here. Not to my memory anyway, unless I went as a small kid.
    There’s sooooo much to see in Delhi itself. The more you visit it the more places you discover.
    Nice Pictures as always.

    • Really glad that you enjoyed the photographs…I am trying to post photographs of places which may not be so popular, but are stunning, nonetheless! Thanks for dropping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. That is some of the most beautiful stonework I’ve ever seen. Phenomenal color and design. I bet those steps are worn smooth by the thousands of feet going up and down over the years and age has given them a warm glow. Love the way you captured the light and shadow play from the sun. Fabulous shots! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thank you Elizabeth!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s a very nice observation…the steps are indeed worn smooth…another thing which is not that evident from the photographs….the steps are HUGE…it was more like hopping from one step to another, we did! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It is big!! But, not verrry big..if it looks like that, you know whom to blame! ๐Ÿ˜€ And yes, it does look like an amphitheatre out of Gladiator, but isn’t…It used to function as a water tank…not in present times though….the whole basin like area was for water storage….and the steps were useful in summer, when the water level would go down

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