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Come and Visit Konark the world heritage site



Konarak in Odisha is a monumental representation of the Sun God's chariot; its 24 wheels are decorated with symbolic designs and it is led by a team of six horses. Built in the 13th century, it is one of India's most famous monuments included in one of the World heritage site by UNESCO. The Sun Temple is the culmination of Kalingan temple architecture, with all its defining elements in complete and perfect form.

On the shores of the Bay of Bengal, bathed in the rays of the rising sun, the temple for sure would be life time memory tourist/visitor who moves around the sprawling campus. Each of the stone in the half ruined structure maintained by Archeological Survey of India (ASI) would be felt like music as one enjoys the serene atmosphere just few kilometers away from sea.

Hindu devotees and tourist from across the globe can take advantage of worshiping Nabagraha now not part of the main temple complex. The ASI after removing these idols from ruins has put them in a makeshift arrangement and Hindu priests are available to worship the deities with recitals of Vedic mantras.

Nearby the sea, drive in solitary marine drive that connects the religious city of Puri and passing time in the nature’s bounty for sure that would make its visitors cool and happy.

Konark Sun Temple - 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.

The architecture

The main tower, which is now collapsed, originally followed the same general form as the towers of the Lingaraj and Jagannath temples. Its height, however, exceeded both of them, soaring to 227 feet. The jagmohana (porch) structure itself exceeded 120 feet in height. Both tower and porch are built on high platforms, around which are the 24 giant stone wheels of the chariot. The wheels are exquisite, and in themselves provide eloquent testimony to the genius of Orissa's sculptural tradition.

Carnival of life with appealing realism

The temple which Narasimhadeva left us is a chronicle in stone of the religious, military, social, and domestic aspects of his thirteenth century royal world. Every inch of the remaining portions of the temple is covered with sculpture of an unsurpassed beauty and grace, in tableaux and freestanding pieces ranging from the monumental to the miniature.

The subject matter is fascinating. Thousands of images include deities, celestial and human musicians, dancers, lovers, and myriad scenes of courtly life, ranging from hunts and military battles to the pleasures of courtly relaxation.

These are interspersed with birds, animals, mythological creatures, and a wealth of intricate botanical and geometrical decorative designs. The famous jewel-like quality of Odishan art is evident throughout, as is a very human perspective which makes the sculpture extremely accessible.

It will become immediately apparent upon viewing them that the frank nature of their content is combined with an overwhelming tenderness and lyrical movement. This same kindly and indulgent view of life extends to almost all the other sculptures at Konark, where the thousands of human, animal, and divine personages are shown engaged in the full range of the 'carnival of life' with an overwhelming sense of appealing realism.

The presiding deity Sun God

Three main images of Surya on the northern, western, and southern facades of the temple tower adds religious ferver to the temple.

Carved in an almost metallic green chlorite stone, these huge images stand in a formal frontal position which is often used to portray divinities in a state of spiritual equilibrium.

Although their dignity sets them apart from the rest of the sculptures, it is, nevertheless, a benevolent dignity, and one which does not include any trace of the aloof or the cold.

Massive tourist facility work on cards

With Nabakalabara of Lord Balbhadra, Lord Jagannath and Devi Subhadra slated to be held in June 2015, several Government agencies have put together their strength to make facilities better for visiting tourists.

A state-of-art Interpretation Centre with facilities such as audio-visual Centre, descriptive galleries, souvenir shops and other facilities would be developed to explain the tourists the history and science behind the Sun Temple and the great cultural and historical tradition of Odisha.



How to Reach


By Air:The adjacent airport is at Bhubaneswar, which is about 64 km away. It is linked with Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, and Nagpur and operates several direct flights.

By Train: The railway stations nearest to Konark are located in the twin cities of Puri and Bhubaneswar. These stations are linked with almost all the major destinations in India by train.

By Road: The National and State Highways link Konark with Puri and Bhubaneswar forming a virtual triangle popularly known as Golden Triangle of East. To reach Konark from Bhubaneswar, after traveling 20km take a left turn once you reach Pipli village. The road straight ahead leads to Puri.
 

What To See:

Konark Sun Temple  , Chandrabhaga Beach , Ramchandi Temple , Ramchandi Beach , Archaeological Survey of India’s Museum , 
 

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