What: Spring Equinox Observance
Where: The South Temple of the Mnajdra complex on the island of Malta
When: Spring Equinox Time: Sunrise
About: Mnajdra megalithic temple complex, dating from around 3000 BC, is one of the most ancient religious sites on Earth. It consists of three conjoined but not connected temples: the upper, middle and lower/South. The arena within the Mnajdra temples is believed to have been a place where people congregated to attend to religious ceremonies. Many artifacts were recovered from within the temples suggesting their use for religious purposes.
The most impressive of the Mnajdra temples is the lower or southern/western temple, also called the Solar Temple due to its significant solar alignments for both solstices and equinoxes.On the equinoxes, the rays of the sun pass directly through the temple’s main doorway and light up the main axis up to the altar at the end of it. At the summer solstice, the sun lights up the edge of a megalith to the left of the doorway, connecting the ﬁrst pair of chambers to the inner chambers. At the winter solstice, the same effect can be seen on the corresponding megalith on the right hand side
How to get there: Take a direct bus to Hagar Qim Park from Valletta and then walk to the Mnajdra temples. Heritage Malta organizes the equinoxes as well as the solstice observances at the site.
Below is a video at the Mnajdra Temple showing the spring equinox sun shining a beam of light inside the temple.
A Note About Visiting Ancient Sites:
Please be mindful and respectful of the ancient sites. Treat them with care as to not disturb them, damage them or remove anything from them. Help protect these incredible sites so that they can continue to stand the test of time.
This event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact Heritage Malta if you would like more details about the site such as opening times, admission tickets, restrictions etc.
Article & Research by Lucia Beznik