| Not To Forget
The Feburary Zeal
made up of 'Kona' and 'arka', meaning the corner and the sun respectively,
is a place of the Sun god. The temple to the Sun God built in the 13th
century was representative of the Chariot of the Sun with 12 pairs of huge
wheels and 7 horses. The masterpiece of Orissan architecture, the temple is
filled up of vibrant and attractive sculptural work.
Sun god was in vogue in ancient times and was regarded as the supreme lord
of the universe and the prime object of life giving energy, being the healer
of diseases and bestower of desires. It is believed that Gods like Sun and
Shiva themselves had performed penance in this Arka Kshetra to get rid of
To be frank, I had many expectations from Konark sun temple as I
had read a lot about it. So when I planned my tour for Eastern India, Konark
Temple was just that. divulges Suzaane
, who explored
Orissa in the year 2005.
The Temple Chariot of the Sun God (Black Pagoda) on the vast stretch of
sand is crowning piece of Orissan architecture and sculpture, which is on
the World Heritage list of the U.N.O.
NEW TEMPLE IN ORISSA:
Konark Sun Temple has been an inspiration to many temples of your days. But
in todays time, Orissa Government is planning to built another Sun temple,
whose architecture would be a blend of Kadambas and Chalukyas. The new
temple would not as Good as the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES but would be a
product of inspiration. The temple will not be a replica of Sun temple
Known to be built by the Ganga Dynasty ruler, Narasimha Dev (1238-64), on
the shallow waters of the Bay of Bengal, it has a distance of 2 km from the
sea, but originally the ocean came almost up to its base.
Popular belief has it that the temple had crunched 12 years revenues of the
state. A soaring 27 feet height of the temple exceeds all the temples of
The main temple complex consists of a sanctuary, its attached porch
(Jagamohan) and an isolated pillared edifice. The twelve pairs of wheel,
which possibly symbolize the twelve months, are carved against the three
sides of the platform and two side, of the front (east) staircase.
Exquisite sculptures covering many aspects of life could be seen on the
Mukhashala (entrance hall), which serves as a major attraction to the
tourists. Though the Dance Hall and the Audience Hall are intact the main
chamber is in its ruins. Thousands of images decorating the walls include
deities, celestial and human musicians, dancers, lovers, and various scenes
of the then life, ranging from hunts and military battles to the pleasure
Birds, animals (two thousand elephants around the base), mythological
creatures, and other botanical and geometrical decorative designs also share
their space on the walls. The visitors also heavily seek exquisite erotic
art on the walls, expression of antique and magnificent Orissan sculpture.
The three main images of Surya carved in an almost metallic green chlorite
stone on the northern, western, and southern facades of the temple tower are
beautiful beyond imagination.
The cultural cognoscenti are lured to the Konark Dance Festival organized
here every year. The Sun temple museum houses some of the sculptures
recovered from the ruins and is also a place worth visit.
- Aarti : You just
cannot forget to attend the Aarti which is held here every evening.
- Beach Stroll: When
the beach is so near, you just cannot happened to miss it. A walk on the
sands of Orissa with a moist wind calming your senses would give you a
- Coconut water and Shopping: Just close to the shore line ,
you would find number of shops selling shell jewellery and Orissan
artifacts. Don't forget to catch a glimpse of them while sipping a
coconut water. One coconut would cost in between RS 10 - RS 20.
Konark temple is just the great temple to stay on. You would actually love
to explore Konark temple when you are in Orissa. As for what it offers is a
thing to be experienced.
I still owe a lot to Konark temple as for it has given me some
innumerable meories which lasts for lifetime. I still behold so ecstacies
which you need to feel. concluded Suzzane.
The temples is 35 kms from Puri and 65 kms from Konark
By Air :
The most convenient link into Orissa is a
flight to Bhubaneshwar. Indian Airlines has flights from Hyderabad, Nagpur,
Calcutta, Delhi, Raipur, Varanasi, Mumbai and Chennai.
By Rail :
Train connections from all parts of the
country exist, but are usually long and the non - availability of
air-conditioned class travel is a constraint.
By Road :
Once in Bhubaneshwar, road travel is the best
option, to visit the other attractions in Orissa.
Also known as :
The Black Pagoda
Excursions From Konark
Many thanks to Suzanne, who shared her experience with us.
Orissa Land of Temples
- By Bhageerathy
08 Days/07 Nights
Kolkatta - Bhubaneshwar - Hyderabad...