Sun Temple – Konark, UNESCO World Heritage Site in Konark, Orissa, India
SUN TEMPLE – KONARK
Built by King Langula Narisimha Deva in the 13th century AD, the temple is a splendid example of Hindu temple architecture. Visualised as a chariot for the sun god as he glides on his daily celestial journey, its architecture and sculpture is a sheer poetry in stone. although only the entrance hall has mained intact, this magnificent ruin has on its wall sculptures of beauty covering every aspect of life. Scenes of love and war, trade and court transactions, hunting, catching of elephants, sages teaching, child birth, amorous dalliances, dancers and mythical figures vie with each other attention on the panels and niches of this immortal work of art.
The design is the celestial chariot of the Sun God pulled by seven exquisitely carved ornamented horses, strained on twelve wheels on either side. The huge monolithic wheels represent time, unity, completeness, justice, perfection, and movement and each wheel stands for a fortnight and each horse a day of the week.
The walls of the temple contains superb carving of divine, semi divine, human and animal figures amidst floral and geometric ornamentations.
Although the main sanctum is in ruins, the 39 meter high audience hall, the dance hall and the ruined temple of Chhaya Devi are still there. Two horses and two monolithic elephants, exhibit the dynamic of the sculpture.
Open on all weekdays from sunrise to sunset.
Entry fee for those above 12 years: Rs. 5.00.
Free entry on Fridays.
Best Time To Visit
November to February.
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