Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man”, says Rabindranath Tagore, about the iconic Sun Temple at Konark. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this splendid structure, which is designed as the cosmic chariot of the Sun God, is one of India’s signature buildings. This 13th century marvel was constructed by the Odishan king Narashimhadev I, to celebrate his victory. Its 24 cartwheels (epitomizing the hours of the day) are decorated with symbolic designs and is led by a team of seven horses (personifying days of the week). The entire temple structure, which is a perfect blend of Dravidian and Orissi styles of architecture, is full of exquisite stone carvings. The Sun Temple is designed in a way that the dawn would illuminate the temple sanctuary. The images of Sun God at three sides of the structure are positioned to catch the sunrays at morning, noon and evening. The Sun Temple in Konark is an amalgam of legends, culture and ancient architectural excellence. It is portrayed through its wonderful structure, and exquisite carvings with religious, secular and erotic imagery. Located 2 miles from the beach, the Sun Temple attracts art and history lovers from all over the world. A guided tour round the complex will help visitors to understand the stories behind the stones.
The Konark Museum was built in 1968. This museum is maintained by the archaeological survey of India. Most of the artefacts in this museum belong to the Konark Sun Temple, which fell down from the structure of the temple over time. These fallen artefacts were collected during the clearance work of Konark Temple complex. The Konark Sun Temple was built in the 13th century by King Narasimhadeva I of the Ganga Dynasty.
SH 13, Konark, Odisha 752111
Monsoon : Maximum: 32 °C, Minimum: 25 °C
Summer : Maximum: 40 °C, Minimum: 27 °C
Winter : Maximum: 30 °C, Minimum: 15 °C
Recommended Season to Visit : Winter Season (November to February)
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