Konark Sun Temple: A Famous Tourist Destination of Orissa

Temples of Asia | | June 6, 2011 at 12:40 am


Have you ever been to Orissa, an eastern state of India? If yes, then you must have visited Konark, the most famous tourist destination of the state of Orissa. If not, then this article will surely encourage you to plan your next vacation in Orissa and in it two days will definitely be dedicated to Konark. Why Konark is a must visit for people coming to this part of the world? Konark houses the colossal sun temple; during the ancient times the natives of this place used to worship Sun God in this temple.

The Konark Sun Temple boasts an extraordinary architecture. The temple is situated at the shoreline of Orissa, which is around 3 km away from sea. The temple is designed based on the structure of the huge chariot of Sun God or ‘Arka’ and is decorated using stone carvings. The chariot runs on 12 pairs of wheels and is drawn by 7 spirited horses. All these wheels and horses are decorated exquisitely by well known craftsmen of ancient India. Your tour guide will surely tell you how the wheels act as precise sundials. Shadows of the spokes of these wheels tell the position of the sun in the sky, from which one can determine the time. The rood of Konark Sun Temple is pyramidical in shape and is more than 30 m in height. You will also come across beautiful sculptures engraved in the walls of this temple, which are a lot similar to the sculptures of Khajuraho.

While entering this temple, you will first step into the ‘Nata Mandir’. During the ancient times, the ‘Nata Mandir’ was the performance area for the dancers of this temple. One of the most famous forms of Indian classical dance, ‘Odyssey’ was originally the dance form performed by temple dancers of Orissa.

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