I visited the Sun Temple, popularly called Surya Mandir in Gwalior, which is located at a distance of approximately 5 kms from the city centre.
In Hinduism, purnakumbha is an object symbolizing God and is regularly used during different religious rites. It is an earthern pot filled with water, representing the divine essence, with fresh leaves of the mango tree and a coconut placed on the top. In addition to Om (Aum) and the swastika, purnakumbha is another important symbol in Hinduism.
There is a neatly kept garden within the landscape around the temple.
The sacred Sun Temple attracts tourists and locals alike, who flock to catch a glimpse of the same. Even though it is not very old, it is one of the most venerated shrines of the ancient city of Gwalior.
I conversed with a couple who had come to the Sun Temple to seek blessings. The girl had a typical Indian look about her draped in a colourful saree, head partially covered, wearing a mangalsutra around her neck and bindi on her forehead. I was given permission to photograph them.
The elegant Sun Temple is a newly constructed temple dedicated to Sun God. It's architecture has been inspired by the famous Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa. Photography of the deity inside was not allowed.