Sun Temple, Konark
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Konark Sun Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of the Seven Wonders of India. This famous site is located at Konark in Puri district in the state of Orissa, India. Erected in black granite it was built in AD 1236 - 1264 by King Narasimhadeva-I. It is also known as Black Pagoda due to its structure built in black granite.
The magnificent Sun Temple attracts tourists from all over the world with its marvelous architecture which takes the form of Chariot of Surya Dev (Sun God) with 24 wheels. The temple complex is heavily decorated with stone carvings. The chariot is led by a team of six horses. The temple symbolizes the impressive pace of the Surya Dev (the Sun god). Built in 13th century the Konark Sun Temple is one of the most illustrious India’s Brahman’s temples. Nata Mandir is situated at the entrance of the Sun Temple. Nata Mandir is the temple where temple dancers used to perform dances to pay the homage to the Surya Devta (the Sun God).
The exteriors of walls of temples are intricately carved with exquisite carving and sculptures. Some of sculptures depict erotic scenes - sensuous poses of love making couples from Kam-Sutra. Many of sculptures of the temple are now partially in ruins. These sculptures are housed in the Sun Temple Museum. The museum is run by the Archaeological Survey of India. Indeed, the Konark Sun Temple is a worth visit attraction in India. The magnificent Konark Sun Temple is also famous for Annual Dance Festival.
How to Reach Konark
By Air : The nearest airport to reach at Konark is at Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of Orissa. Bhubaneshwar is at the distance of 64 km away from Konark. Bhubaneshwar Airport is well connected by domestic flights with cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Nagpur, Chennai, Hyderabad, etc.
By Train : Puri is the nearest railhead to reach at Konark. It is about 31 km away from Konark.
By Road : Konark is well-connected by roads with Puri, Bhubaneshwar and other major cities of Orissa.
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