Sun Temple

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Overview

Konark Sun Temple located in the village of Konark. It is the World Heritage Site since 1984. most popular tourist destination in Orissa.   which is 35km north of Puri on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century Hindu temple dedicated to the sun god. Shaped like a giant chariot, having elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls. A major part of the structure is now in ruins.
 
The temple was built by king Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty around 1250 CE. The temple has been built in the form of a giant ornamented chariot of the Sun god, Surya. It has twelve pairs of elaborately carved stone wheels which are 3 meters wide and is pulled by a set of seven horses. The temple follows the traditional style of Kalinga architecture. It is carefully oriented towards the east so that the first rays of sunrise strikes the principal entrance. The temple is built from Khondalite rocks.
 
In ancient times worship of Sun god was in vogue and the people were accustomed with the worship of two Supreme deities one mother Earth as Dharitri Maata and the other the Sun, the Dharam devata. Sun god is regarded as the supreme lord of the universe and the prime object of life giving energy, being the healer of diseases and bestower of desires.
 
Lord Krishna's son Samba was smitten with leprosy due to his father's curse. The former underwent severe penance for 12 years at Mitravana near the confluence of Chandrabhaga River with the sea at Konark and ultimately succeeded in pleasing the God Surya, the healer of all skin diseases, and was cured of his illness. In gratitude, he decided to erect a temple in the honor of Surya. While bathing in the river on the following day, he found an image of God, fashioned out of Surya's body by Viswakarma. Samba installed this image in a temple built by him in Mitravana, where he propitiated the God. Since then, this place has been regarded as sacred.
 
In ancient times worship of Sun god was in vogue and the people were accustomed with the worship of two Supreme deities--one mother Earth as Dharitri Maata and the other the Sun, the Dharam devata. Sun god is regarded as the supreme lord of the universe and the prime object of life giving energy, being the healer of diseases and bestower of desires.
 
The various images of dieties, dancers, musicians, elephants and mythical creatures, around the base of the temple there are images of animals, foliage, warriors on horses and other interesting structures. On the walls and roof of the temple beautiful erotic figures are carved. Sun temple of Konark is a masterpiece of Orissa's medieval architecture.
 
Temple Timing:  06.00AM to 08.00PM
Best Time to Visit : October - February
 
How to Reach,
Nearest Railway Station: Puri 
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar 
 
 
 

Location

Country
India
State
Odisha
City
Puri
Location
Konark
Address
Sun Temple, Konark, Puri, Odisha 752111
Contact Info
Phone: 06758 236 821
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Sun Temple, Konark
Nearest Railway Station
Puri (PURI)
Nearest Airport




Open Year
1250
Dedicated To
king Narasimhadeva I
Visiting Hours
06.00AM to 08.00PM

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  • Konark Sun Temple located in the village of Konark. It is the World Heritage Site since 1984. most popular tourist destination in Orissa.   which is 35km north of Puri on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century Hindu temple dedicated to the sun god. Shaped like a giant chariot, having elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls. A major part of the structure is now in ruins.

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