The temple was constructed in 13th century by Raja Narasinghs Deva -I of the Ganga Dynasty. The temple was established as a huge chariot drawn by seven spirited horses on twelve pairs of beautifully decorated wheels after the legendary horse chariot of Sun God. The temple is famous for its distinctive architecture and execution. This exotic temple has intricate stone carvings on the walls of the main temple.
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The massive temple was established by Narashimhadev 1 in the 13th century to celebrate his victory over Muslims. The Sun Temple was called 'Black Pagoda' by the British sailors. The Sun Temple was believed as the cosmic chariot of the sun god, Surya. Seven mighty prancing horses, representing the days of the week, rear at the stain of moving this levitation of stone on 24 stone cartwheels, representing the hours of the day, positioned around the temple base. The temple is positioned in such a way that dawn light would illuminate the interior and presiding deity, which moved to Jagannath Temple in 17th century. Architecture of the temple is based on Central India temple architecture. The walls are decorated with marvelous stone carvings both inside and outside. The temple is recognized as world heritage site.
Located at the southwest of Sun Temple, it is believed that temple was dedicated to one of the sun god's wives. Erotic sculptures are carved on the walls of the temple including dancing nymphs, court scenes, floral motifs and hunting scenes. At the entrance two lion structures and either side of the temple, you will observe two elephant images are erected.
Started in the year 1968, this interesting museum is situated 200m west of yatri Nivas, showcase more than 250 antiquities that were found in and around Sun Temple. During the excavation of Sun Temple many impressive sculptures and carvings were found. The signature attraction of the museum is a full-bellied Agni (the fire god) and fulsome Bina Badini.
One of the best beaches on the eastern coast, Konark beach has clear sands and less crowded. It is also known as chandrabhanga and a relaxing place. The Konark Sun Temple is just few paces away from the beach and its a nice place to hangout in the evening.
Konark Dance Festival
The prime festival in Konark is dance festival, which is held every year in the first week of December. It is a cultural extravaganza includes classical music and various classical dances like Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Manipuri, Chau, Kathak. This festival is celebrated for five days.
Shopping In Konark
Its fun to shop different items in Konark market. Konark market is small but colorful and crowded. There are wide range of items from sculptures depicting Hindu gods and goddess, crafts and other attractive things to buy.