The Sun Temple
The charming town of Konark rests on the shore of the Bay of Bengal in the state of Odisha. Its name Kona and Arka indicate the angle of the sun in the shrine of the Sun God that the town is famous for. Tourists from all over the world are drawn to the magnetism of the 13th-century shrine that is now a World Heritage Site.
Behold the Temple of the Sun God
The Konark temple was erected in the dominion of Narasimhadeva-I as an imposing structure made of black granite. It was called the ‘Black Pagoda’ because it stood tall as a chariot of massive proportions carrying Surya (the Sun God). At the base of the chariot were a dozen pairs of decorative wheels that had the considerable diameter of 3 meters. The grandiose Black pagoda was drawn by 7 horses, 6 of which still remain to this day.
Although the site of the temple was ravaged and ransacked by the Kalapahad army in the year 1568; it still remains a major landmark in the area.
Tourism in Konark
The Sun Temple Museum located in the grounds of the temple complex is a must visit as it has several restored sculptures from the shrine on display. Vacationers can also revel in gaiety of the town’s yearly Konark Dance Festival. It is a special showcase presenting a number of classical Indian dance styles.
Visiting during December lets people experience Konark at its best with the traditional Odisha dance style ‘Odissi’ being performed at the festival.