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Monday, September 21, 2009

Konark Sun Temple, Orissa

The Konark temple is a famous tourist attraction in Orissa as well as in India for its architectural grandeur, intricacy and profusion of sculptural work. The temple is dedicated to the sun God or Surya. It is situated in Konark, in the state of Orissa near the sacred city of Puri. It is a masterpiece of Orissa’s medieval architecture and also known as “Black Pagoda

Information of Konark Sun Temple
The temple city of Konark is situated in the eastern state of Orissa at a distance of around 65 km from Bhubaneswar and 35 km from Puri. The whole temple has been conceived as a chariot of the God Surya with 24 wheels, each wheels are near about 10 feet in a diameter with a set of spokes and elaborate carvings. Seven horses drag the temple. Two lions guard at the entrance of the temple, crushing elephants. A flight of steps leads to the main entrance. The temple is a brilliant chronicle in stone, with thousands of images including deities, the Surasundaris, heavenly damsels, and human musicians, lovers, dancers, and different scenes from courtly life.
Konark was once a bustling port of Kalinga. It had good maritime trade relations with Southeast Asia. King Narashimhadev I (AD 1238-64) of the Ganga dynasty built the present Sun Temple to celebrate his victory over the Muslims. An envoy of the Mughal emperor Jahangir desecrated it in the early 17th century. After that, it fell into disuse. However, Legend has it that the temple was constructed by Samba, the son of Lord Krishna. It is said that Samba was afflicted by leprosy, brought about by his father’s curse on him. After 12 years of penance, Surya, the Sun God cured him. In honour Surya, he built this temple.

Legend behind the Temple :-
One Legend on This Sun temple says that, The Samba who was the son of Krishna and Jambavati entered in the bathing chamber of Krishna’s wife, and was cursed by Krishna with leprosy. It was decreed that he (Samba) would be relieved of the curse by worshipping the Sun God on the seacoast north east of Puri. Accordingly, Samba reached Konaditya Kshetra (Sun area) and discovered an image of Surya seated on the lotus, worshipped him and was relieved of his curse. It is said that the temple was not completed as conceived because the foundation was not strong enough to bear the weight of the heavy dome. Local has religious faith that it was constructed in entirety; however its magnetic dome caused ships to crash near the seashore, and that the dome had to removed and destroyed and that the images of the sun God was taken to Puri.

Photo Gallery
Main enterance gate of Temple

Konark sun temple, Orissa

Konark Sun temple wallpaper

Konark sun temple, Orissa

Konark Sun temple Photo

Konark Sun temple images

Konark Sun temple

Festival in Konark temple

Wheel of Konark Sun Temple

dance festival in Konark sun temple


Manoj Sharma said...

Your blog is very beautiful. Konark Sun temple is famous temple of India.
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Ricky Peterson said...

Nice pics. Konark Sun Temple is also called as Konark Temple. Temple is attract tourist most, it is located in Orissa india.The chariot is very huge and has 12 pairs of stone-carved wheels and also a squad of seven running horses.For more details refer Sun temple konark

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