An Architecture Marvel of Eastern India and A symbol of India's heritage, Konark Sun Temple, commonly known as Konark is situated in the eastern state of Odisha (earlier known as Orissa), India and is one of the eminent tourist attractions. Konark houses a massive temple dedicated to the Sun God. The word 'Konark' is a combination of two words 'Kona' and 'Arka'. 'Kona' means 'Corner' and 'Arka' means 'Sun', so when combines it becomes 'Sun of the Corner'. Konark Sun Temple is situated on the north eastern corner of Puri and is dedicated to Sun God. Konark is also known as Arkakhetra. There are three images of the Sun God at three different sides of the temple, positioned in proper direction to catch the rays of the sun at morning, noon and evening.
Built in the middle of 13th century, this temple is a beautiful example of artistic magnificence and engineering dexterity. King Narasimhadeva I, the great ruler of the Ganga dynasty had built this temple, with the help of 1200 artisans within a period of 12 years. Since the ruler used to worship the Sun, the temple was considered as a chariot for the Sun God.
Address: Konark, Odisha 752111
Contact No: 06758 236 821
Quick Facts about the Temple:
- The Sun Temple of Konark has been declared a world heritage site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1984.
- The Konark is the third link of Odisha's Golden Triangle. The first link is JagannathPuri and the second link is Bhubaneswar (Capital city of Odisha)
- The Konark temple is constructed as a gigantic chariot with 24 wheels about three meters high and pulled by 7 horses, housing the Sun God within.
- A heavy magnet was placed at the temple top and every two stones of the temple is sandwiched by iron plates. The idol was said to have been floating in air due to the arrangement of magnets. The magnet at the top is said to have disturbed compasses for coastal voyagers and later on removed.
How to Reach:
- By Air: Konark is 65 km from the domestic airport which is in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha. The nearest International Airport is at Calcutta (Kolkata).
- By Rail: The nearest railway stations are Bhubaneswar and Puri. Konark is 65kms from Bhubaneswar via pipili and 35kms from Puri on marine drive road.
- By Road: Konark is 65kms from Bhubaneswar via pipili (approx 2 hours) and 35kms from Puri (approx. 1 hour) on marine drive road. Konark is connected by good all weathermotorable roads. Regular Bus services, tourist bus services and taxis are operating from Puri and Bhubaneswar.
Places to Visit:
- Chandrabhaga Beach: It's a beach situated at chandrabhaga in Puri district. A beautiful tourist attraction to visit and the best thing it is not as crowded.
- Ramachandi Temple: Located at south west of the Sun temple, this temple is dedicated to goddess Ramachandi, the “goddess of Konark”.