Konark Sun Temple

Konark Sun Temple

The Sun Temple of Konark marks the highest point of achievement of Kalinga architecture depicting the grace , the joy and the rhythm of life all it's wondrous variety. Konark has varied name, such as Konaditya or ArkaKshetra or Black Pagoda. The name Konark is derived form the words Kona - Corner and Arka - Sun; it is situated on the north eastern corner of Puri.

The Konark temple is widely known not only for its architectural grandeur but also for the intricacy and profusion of sculptural work. King Narasimha deva I, the great ruler of the Ganga dynasty had built this temple, with the help of 1200 artisans within a period of 12 years (1243-1255 A.D.). Since the ruler used to worship the Sun, the temple was considered as a chariot for the Sun God. 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 elaborate carvings. Seven horses drag the temple. Two lions guard the entrance, crushing elephants. A flight of steps lead to the main entrance.

The nata mandir in front of the Jagamohana is also intricately carved. Around the base of the temple, and up the walls and roof, are carvings in the erotic style. There are images of animals, foliage, men, warriors on horses and other interesting patterns. There are three images of the Sun God, positioned to catch the rays of the sun at dawn, noon and sunset. History of Konark temple is very vast, it has somany stories and believed as every corner of the stone has some story behind it.

How to Reach Konark Sun Temple

By Air: The Bjiu Patnaik Airport is located in the heart of the city centre and mainly operates domestic airlines. Konark is 65 km from Bhubaneswar by road.

By Train: Bhubaneswar is the headquarters of the East coast of the Railway Division

By Road: The city has good private and public bus service that runs on the state and national highway.