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History of konark

Konark is most famous for its sun temple, which was constructed in honour of Surya, the God of the Sun. The temple, also called the Black Pagoda, was constructed in the 13th century by Raja Narasingha Deva I from the Ganga Dynasty. According to a legend, Samba, the son of Krishna and Jambavati, was cursed with leprosy by his father for entering the bathing chamber of Krishna’s wives. A sage advised Samba to worship Surya, in the area where the Sun Temple now stands, in order to be cured of his disease. \nAnother interesting story involving the temple attributes its present structural weakness to the removal of a lodestone that strengthened the temple’s structure. The Portuguese believed the magnetic effects of this lodestone disturbed ships' compasses. In order to save their shipping, the Portuguese took away the lodestone. This displacement resulted in the temple walls losing their balance and eventually collapsing. While there is no actual record of this loadstone and the story remains a legend, there was a time in Konark’s history when the temple was severely damaged. \nMukunda Gajapati, who ascended the throne in 1559, allied himself with the Mughal emperor, Akbar. This resulted in several battles with the Sultan of Bengal, Sulaiman Khan Karrani. Gajapati lost his kingdom and the Sultan’s general, Kalapahad, and his army damaged the sun temple and several other temples during these battles. Even today, restoring the temple to its past glory appears to be quite a difficult task.

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  • Theme of Konark [Cultural, Heritage, Beach]
  • You'll love Konark for [Sightseeing, Architecture, Natural beauty, Beach]
  • Watchout for [Cyclones]
  • Best Time To Visit
    September - March
  • Altitude 7 ft. above sea level

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