Sun Temple, Konarak
The Sun Temple, Konarak is a 13th-century temple complex in the form of a huge chariot.
The temple is also known as the Black Pagoda. It was built in Orissa red sandstone (Khandolite) and black granite by King Narasimhadeva I (AD 1236-1264) of the Ganga dynasty.
The temple takes the form of the chariot of Surya (Arka), the sun god, and is heavily decorated with stone carving. The entire complex was designed in the form of a huge chariot drawn by seven spirited horses on twelve pairs of exquisitely decorated wheels.
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I from Odisha, India and i have visited Konark Temple many times, there are lots of things that the researchers need to figure out as its not only a temple but it has many hidden secrets.... People think that Dinosour existed on Earth millions of years ago, but if you have a keen look at the the stone architecture on some places at the base of the temple, you will find some Dinosour looking like stone sculpture
Best seen monument after the Taj ever......its beautiful carving and its location makes it more unique and different....loved to go and see the interactive scenario too at Orissa
I visited Konark SunTemple years ago. It's beauty and architecture is rare. Chariot shaped drawn by seven horses as per HINDU miths are clear. Only broken parts of horse is there.Sun God's first beam of light enters in the early morning on Sun God's temple.If you see the wheels around 4 sides,you can imagine a new architectural design within it.Dance festival held every year in the temple itself is amazing. ( ODDISSI).The entire site is well maintained.
I visited Konark years ago with my parents and grand parents. The sun temple is an architectural marvel. Even though some parts of the temple were in ruins, there were still a few wheels of the chariot that were in very good shape. The sculptures are just amazing. To avoid the embarrassment of leisurely viewing the erotic sculptures in front of my parents, we split and went our own ways sight seeing! The splendid details of the sculptures are vividly etched in my heart! A must see!
I had not expected to see such an architectural marvel, when i first set out to see the Sun Temple at Konark.The brilliantly carved temple tells the stories of the generations past and holds the onlooker awestruck at first sight.
Each of its wheels works as a sundial and the carvings on it bear some philosophical story or the other.
If you do go to see the Sun Temple, do not miss the Navagraha temple on its right hand side(where a row depicting the nine planetary gods from the sun temple has been kept).
Do take a pair of binoculars(to see the higher part of the temple),a cap(the sun is strong) and a camera along.It would be helpful if a guide could show you around as it would help one understand the relevance of certain sculptures and their philosophical importance in the indian tradition.
The government tourist hotel is located close to the temple itself and is quite cheap.The beach too is nearby and is a good place to unwind after one has looked around the main temple.
The visit to Konarak was one of the most memorable experiences in my life. Inspite of the decay over the centuries the beauty of this monument to Sun sparkles. The intricate and complex carving on the stone is mind-boggling. The erotic depiction of human passion is not the only highlight of the sculpture. It seems as if the people have frozen in life and some miracle may bring them back into life any time. This is one of the sites in the world which any one seriously interested in architecture and sculpture must visit.
The hotel maintained by Orissa government's tourism department is cheap and value for money. The nearby beach is a bonus.
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