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Modhera Dance Festival

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The sun temple in the district of Mehsana at Modhera is dedicated to the sun God, Lord Surya. The outer walls of the temple are covered with inscriptions and sculptures devoted to Lord Surya. The marvelous sun temple acts as the backdrop for all the events in the dance festivals held in the month of January every year. This festival is sponsored and organized by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat and emphasizes on the idea of preserving the dance forms present in the country.

The annual festival is a three-day dance fest held in January and comprises of an exhaustive range of Indian classical dances. The dances performed at the sun temple make you revisit an era of rich culture and learning in the country. The village of Modhera is home to the sun temple ranging back to the 11th century and portrays an impressive sight.


The event is attended by some of the most popular classical dancers in the country who portray various dance forms such as Odissi, Mohiniattam, Bharat Natyam, Kathak, Kathakali and Kuchipudi. The dance festival witnesses a massive number of spectators from all over the country as well as abroad. It is believed that the classical dance forms in India have originated from the temples and have attained a level of maturity. The baton of Indian classical music and dance has been passed down through generations, and the Modhera dance festival acts as a medium in achieving that goal.

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Modhera dance festival also aims at recreating a similar environment in which the dances were originally presented. Several classical dancers and folk musicians come from all over the country to showcase their rich culture and traditions. The festival of dance is also called as Uttarardh Mahotsav and derives its name from the astronomical configuration of the sun. This festival is generally celebrated after the festival of Uttarayan.

Tourists flock the village to experience the exotic dance festivals of India, which are presented by dancers who are immensely talented. The native inhabitants are also a vibrant part of this occasion.


by Kapil
by Kapil