Konark Sun Temple

November 10, 2022 by admin0

The Konark Sun Temple built in the 13th century by the great King Narasimhadeva I of the Ganga dynasty. Its shape is like that of a huge chariot of the great Sun God with 12 pairs of wheels made with great artistry. This chariot shown being pulled by seven horses. Konark Sun Temple is a perfect example of Kalinga architecture. It is near the beach. Here the natural beauty of the beach is made on sight.

Odisha known for its three great temples and together they are called the Golden Triangle. There are two other temples falling within this triangle – the Jagannath Temple of Puri and the Lingaraja Temple of Bhubaneswar. The color of the Konark temple is black. Therefore, it also called Black Pagoda. Be aware that another name for Jagannath temple is also White Pagoda.

The Konark Sun Temple has been a landmark for the sailors who came to Odisha for centuries. Konark is also a big pilgrimage for Hindus where people come every year in February to visit the Chandrabhaga fair.

The Konark Sun Temple included in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1984 for its great architecture, subtle artifacts, and abundant sculptures.

Also, the Konark Sun Temple protected as the National Framework of India by the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 (Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act) and its rules (1959).

 

Konark Sun Temple

History of Building of The Konark Sun Temple

 

In ancient times ships used to start from the ports of Orissa, crossing the Bay of Bengal to voyage across the Central & Indian oceans for the distant lands of Burma and Java. This maritime land called Kalinga and Utkal and its name indelibly linked to that of the Mauryan king Ashoka.

It was his war to conquer Kalinga that made Ashoka face a moral transformation as he watched the carnage he had caused on the battlefield. A penitent Ashoka gave up wars of aggression and became a Buddhist and Kalinga too embraced the new religion.

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