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’.
The entire complex is designed in the form of a huge chariot on twelve pairs of wheels drawn by 6 horses.
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.
One of the 12 wheels
There are large animal sculptures near the north/south side entrances.
The temple facade has detailed human, divine and semi-divine figures in sensuous poses.