Konark Sun Temple is the 13th Century Sun Temple which is located in Konark in the Indian state of Odisha. It is believed that this temple was built in 1250 CE by Maharaja Narasimha Dev 1 of the Eastern Ganga Empire. This temple is made in the shape of a large chariot, and used precious stones, pilar and wallare. The main part of the temple is on the verge of destruction today. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Surya, what remains of the temple complex has the appearance of a 100-foot (30 m) high chariot with immense wheels and horses, all carved from stone.
It is the opinion of many historians that due to the famine death of King Langula Narasingha Dev, the builder of the Konark temple, the construction of the temple fell into raging. As a result, the incomplete structure collapsed. But this opinion does not get support from historical data. According to the figures of Puri’s Maddhal register and some copper papers of 1278 AD, it was revealed that Raja Langula Narasingha Dev ruled till 1282. The temple of Konark is made of black granite and red sandstone, and this temple is famous not only because of the creation of God in the form of a chariot of the sun god, but also because of its erotic adorned idols.
The architecture of the Sun Temple is similar to the Kalinga temple architecture. The 12 pairs of wheels, which were made in this temple, reflect the sun god’s chariot very beautifully. On the north and south side of the temple, 24 sculptures are made, which is in the diameter of about 3 meters, which reflects months, years, and seasons in many ways. Between those wheels, the magnificent lions, dancers, musicians and sensual groups are depicted on the temple wall.
|Address||Konark, Puri, Odisha|
|Built By||Langula Narasingha Dev (Probably)|
|Opening Timings||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|