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Sun Temple of Konark

April 19, 2011

Konark is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Orissa. Konark, Konark houses a colossal temple dedicated to the sun god. Even in its ruined state it is a spectacular temple reflects the genius of the architects who planned and built it. Bhubaneswar, Konark and Puri constitute the Golden Triangle of Orissa, visited in large numbers of pilgrims and tourists.

Konark is a village located in Puri district, Orissa. The Sun temple built in the 13th century brought fame to this village. The temple is dedicated to the 'Sun God' and so it is shaped like a carriage of the sun. The excellent style of temple architecture in Orissa is in the construction of this temple. There are six stone-carved wheels each on each side of the carriage. Seven horses shook stones appear pull cart. Huge iron bars supporting the roof in the interior. Tower (gopura) on garbhagriha was completely destroyed due to the destruction. The exterior of this temple is adorned with beautiful carvings and sculpture. The Sun Temple is one of the most outstanding examples of temple architecture in India.

The Konark temple is known not only for its architectural splendor, but also for the intricacy and profusion of sculptural work. The entire temple has been conceived as a chariot of the Sun God with 24 wheels, each about 10 feet in diameter, with a set of spokes and detailed carvings. Seven horses drag the temple. Two lions guarding the entrance, crushing elephants. A staircase leads to the main entrance.

The Nata Mandir in front Jagamohana is finely carved. Around the base of the temple, and up the walls and ceiling, are rock carvings in the erotic style. There are pictures of animals, foliage, men, warriors on horses and other interesting patterns. There are three images of the Sun God, positioned to capture the sun's rays at dawn, noon and sunset.

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