Konark Temple

Konark Temple also known as the Black Pagoda, is a 13th-century Sun Temple situated at Konark, in Orissa. It was constructed from weathered and oxidizing ferruginous sandstone by the Ganga  King Narasimhadeva I in 1278 BC of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. This temple is the most well renowned temples in India and it is a World Heritage Site. It is one of the seven wonders of India.

Konark is the most well known tourist attractions of Orissa. Konark temple is dedicated to the Sun God. It is a magnificent temple reflecting the genius of the architects that built it. Konark, Bhubaneshwar and Puri constitute the Golden triangle of Orissa.

The Konark name is derived form the words Arka and Kona – Corner:  Sun; it is situated on the north eastern corner of Puri or the Chakrakshetra. Konark is also known as Arkakshetra and Konaditya. This temple was referred to as the Black Pagoda. In late 19th century, the ruins of this temple were excavated. The tower over the Garbagriha is missing, but the Jagmohana is intact, and even in this state and it is awe inspiring.

The Konark Sun temple is famous not only for its architectural grandeur but also for the profusion and intricacy of sculptural work. The temple has been conceived as a chariot of the sun god with 24 wheels of each about 10 feet in diameter with a set of elaborate carvings and spokes. Two lions guard the entrance, crushing elephants. Seven horses drag the temple. A flight of steps lead to the main entrance.

The nata mandir is also intricately carved, in front of the Jagamohana.  Up the walls and roof, around the base of the temple are carvings in the erotic style. There are images of foliage, animals, men, and warriors on horses as well as other interesting patterns. There are three images of the Sun God that positioned to catch the rays of the sun at dawn, sunset and noon.

Wow! So, this is the beauty of famous Konark Sun temple.

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