Konark Sun Temple: A Thing of Beauty is a Joy for Ever
The best manifestation of Temple Architecture if one is interested to see, beyond doubt one can vouch for Konark Temple, often referred as Black Pagoda by British rulers.
Though in ruins today, still the magnificent temple under protection and preservation of Archeological survey of India (ASI) attracts national and international tourists due to its seer poetry like beauty carved on stones by Odia sculptures. The immortal impressions that for ages will keep aloft the super standard of Odia art, culture blended with scientific knowledge and super imagination.
Today it is located two kilometers from the sea, but originally the ocean came almost up to its base. Until fairly recent times, in fact, the temple was close enough to the shore to be used as a navigational point by European sailors.
Konark Sun Temple Built by King Narasimhadeva in the thirteenth century, the entire temple was designed in the shape of a colossal chariot, carrying the sun god, Surya, across the heavens.
Dedicated to Sun God
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.
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