Sun Temple Konark

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 Orissan 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.

#The Konark Sun Temple timings are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Additional Info: There are many other tourist places to visit in Puri such as Sri SriJagannath Temple, Chilika Lake, Lingaraja Temple, Dhauli and Udayagiri Caves. You are advised to check opening hours and closing time of the monuments before you go.

#Konark Sun Temple’s address is Konark, Puri, Odisha. Its location can be easily traced from any web mapping service provider.
Additional Info: Surya Inn, Sun Temple Hotel, Yatrinivas, Banita Hotel and Pagoda Inn are some of the many hotels near Konark Sun Temple.

#Konark Sun Temple’s entry fee for Indian visitors is Rs. 40 per person, but it is fixed at Rs. 600 per person for a foreign visitor. Also, Rs. 40 per person is the entry ticket price of Konark Sun Temple for SAARC and BIMSTEC visitors.
Additional Info:There are several interesting things to do in Puri such as visiting Chandrabhaga Beach, offering prayers at Varahi Devi Temple and watching Konark Natya Manadap.

#Book Konark Sun Temple tickets online using Yatra.com. The portal lists 141 famous monuments of India for which tickets can be booked online. Buy your tickets online and skip the tedious task of standing in a queue.


Did You Know?

* Odisha’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, Konark Temple was built on the beach, but due to retreating of the sea, the beach is now some kilometres away from the temple.

* The ruler of the Ganga Dynasty, King Narasimhadeva, commanded around 1200 artisans to build this temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the 13th century temple had been designed in the form of a mighty chariot.

About Sun Temple Konark

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 Orissan 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.

#The Konark Sun Temple timings are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Additional Info: There are many other tourist places to visit in Puri such as Sri SriJagannath Temple, Chilika Lake, Lingaraja Temple, Dhauli and Udayagiri Caves. You are advised to check opening hours and closing time of the monuments before you go.

#Konark Sun Temple’s address is Konark, Puri, Odisha. Its location can be easily traced from any web mapping service provider.
Additional Info: Surya Inn, Sun Temple Hotel, Yatrinivas, Banita Hotel and Pagoda Inn are some of the many hotels near Konark Sun Temple.

#Konark Sun Temple’s entry fee for Indian visitors is Rs. 40 per person, but it is fixed at Rs. 600 per person for a foreign visitor. Also, Rs. 40 per person is the entry ticket price of Konark Sun Temple for SAARC and BIMSTEC visitors.
Additional Info:There are several interesting things to do in Puri such as visiting Chandrabhaga Beach, offering prayers at Varahi Devi Temple and watching Konark Natya Manadap.

#Book Konark Sun Temple tickets online using Yatra.com. The portal lists 141 famous monuments of India for which tickets can be booked online. Buy your tickets online and skip the tedious task of standing in a queue.


Did You Know?

* Odisha’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, Konark Temple was built on the beach, but due to retreating of the sea, the beach is now some kilometres away from the temple.

* The ruler of the Ganga Dynasty, King Narasimhadeva, commanded around 1200 artisans to build this temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the 13th century temple had been designed in the form of a mighty chariot.

Outstanding Universal Value

A combination of the Sanskrit words Kona meaning corner and Arka meaning Sun- together it means the Corner of the Sun. The temple was built by King Narsimha Deva of the Ganga Dynasty in 1250 AD, to mark his victory over the Muslim invaders. By the end of the 13th century, the Muslims had conquered the whole of the northern India, except Orissa, where the Hindu rulers deflected their attacks for quite some time. A great fight took place between Tughan Khan (Nasiruddin Muhamma's General) and he was badly defeated by Narsimhadeva, thus, the Kirti Stambha (victory memorial) was erected, as a symbol of his prestige.

Monument Information

Address

Konarak Sun Temple, Konark, Puri District, Odisha

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Lal Bhubaneshwar
  • Nearest Railway Station :Puri Railway Station
  • Nearest Bus Station : Konark Bus stand

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm

Weather

  • Monsoon : Minimum 25-Maximum 35 °C

    Summer : Minimum 24°C Maximum 36 °C

    Winter : Minimum 17°C Maximum 28 °C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Winter (October-March)

Facilities available At the Monument

  • Signages
  • Drinking Water Facility
  • Toilets for Ladies & Gentleman.
  • Electricity
  • Publication counter
  • Brochure/guide book
  • Illumination of monument
  • Visitor circulation path
  • Parking
  • Ticket booth.
  • Drainage
  • Garbage bins
  • Lightening conductor
  • Wheel chair
  • Site Museum/display shed

Accommodation near the monument

Contact Details

  • Mr. Ashok Kumar Patel
  • Phone: 91-674-2573074, 0674-2573068
  • E-mail: circlebhu.asi@gmail.com

Museums near monument

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
FOREIGNER Visitor:
Total ₹ 600
₹ 600 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax

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