Konark Sun Temple

konark sun temple

Konark Sun Temple

Konark Sun Temple is a 13th century Sun Temple, built in black granite stone by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. Konark is actually a combination of two words – kona (corner) and arka (Sun). This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the earliest centres of Sun worship in India.

Rabindranath Tagore had referred to the temple as ‘Poetry in Stone’.

konark sun temple
Sun Temple

The entire complex is designed in the form of a huge chariot on twelve pairs of wheels drawn by 6 horses.

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One of the 6 horses pulling the chariot

The wheels are lavishly sculptured with symbolic motifs referring to the cycle of the seasons and the months.

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One of the 12 wheels

There are large animal sculptures near the north/south side entrances.

konark sun temple
Horse Sculpture

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Elephant Sculpture

The temple facade has detailed human, divine and semi-divine figures in sensuous poses.

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5 Responses to Konark Sun Temple

  1. Anu December 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    Awesome! and the last pic is great! all local umbrellas, i take it?

  2. Madhu November 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Yes, all from Pipli 🙂 Looks like they made a stop at Pipli on the way here.

  3. Ojas December 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Seriously, your photography is gifted. Have you considered publishing a photo journal in a book?

  4. Sharmila March 10, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    Such beautiful photos! That last snap is beautiful. Most people do make a stop at Pipli enroute but all them using the umbrellas at the same time is really a photographer’s delight. Wish I could click one such snap. 🙂

    • Madhu March 11, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

      Hi Sharmila,
      Thanks for visiting 10yearitch.com
      Apparently the entire group bought the Pipli umbrellas and were putting it to good use.

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