Konark Sun Temple
Konark Sun Temple
Konark Sun Temple is a thirteenth-century CE Sun Temple at Konark around 35 km(22 mi) upper east from Puri on the coastline of Odisha, India. The sanctuary is ascribed to ruler Narasimha deva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. Devoted to the Hindu Sun God Surya, what survives from the sanctuary complex resembles a 100-foot (30 m) high chariot with massive haggles, all cut from stone. Once more than 200 feet (61 m) high, a great part of the sanctuary is presently in ruins, specifically, the enormous shikara overshadows the asylum; at one time this rose a lot higher than the mandapa that remaining parts. The structures and components that have endure are acclaimed for their complex fine art, iconography, and topics, including suggestive kama and mithuna scenes. Likewise called the Surya Devalaya.
In case you’re keen on traditional Odissi move, don’t miss the Konark Festival, which is held at the sanctuary during the main seven day stretch of December every year. The International Sand Art Festival happens at Chandrabhaga seashore, close to the sanctuary, simultaneously as this celebration. There are other old-style music and move celebration in Konark in late February.
Attraction: Nata mandir, A simha-gaja at the entrance, A weathered horse sculpture, Elephants of Konark Temple, A secondary statue of the Sun god, A sculpture on the temple wall, Mayadevi Temple at Konark, Sculpture of a makara on Mayadevi Temple, Vaishnava Temple, Sanctum of the Vaishnava Temple, Carvings on the Sun temple, Closeup of the motif at the center of a stone wheel.
Nearby places: Archaeological Museum, Jagannath Puri, Chandrabhaga Beach, Ramachandi Temple & Beaches, Varahi Devi Temple, Maa Mangla Temple, etc…
Best Time to visit: The best time to visit this place is during the months of September-March.
Peak Season: Winter Season
How to Reach
- By Air: Bhubaneswar Airport or Biju Patnaik International Airport is 65 km and around 60 minutes lengthy drive from the Konark Sun Temple. You can undoubtedly get taxis on contract to reach Konark from the air terminal.
- By Road: Konark Bus Stand is a little way from the Sun Temple. You can board transport from Puri and reach Konark in 60 minutes. OSRTC government of transportation and private administrators give transport administration from Puri to Konark.