KONARK SUN TEMPLE – 9 EVENTS
The beautiful mystical temples of India, are a true reflection of a country rich in history and rich culture and exotic architecture.
One such gem is the ancient temple of Konark in Orissa. Also known as the Sun Temple, dedicated to the Sun God, it is located 40 kilometers from another famous temple town, Puri (famous for the Jagannath temple), and is located near the shores of the Bay of Bengal. The architecture of the 775-year-old temple is very beautiful, attracting thousands of visitors every day. The long dome you see at the beginning is not a real temple, as some may believe; the main temple is behind it.
A HORSE DRAWED CARRIAGE WITH FRONT WHEELS
At the entrance was built what looked like a large chariot with wheels (30 meters long) pulled by 7 horses. This was much higher than it is now, although most of it has been destroyed. Every temple is built in the Kalinga or Orissa style and carved in stone; decorated with beautiful paintings and geometrical forms. A trip to a World Heritage Site is great for hiring. During this one-hour tour, tourists learn interesting facts about the period and the historical and religious significance of the temple.
Intricate stone carvings all around show life and culture in the 1200s, paralleling modern life. The motifs of gods, kings, trees, and animals (especially giraffes, elephants, and snakes) are equally appealing.
THE GREAT TEMPLE
On the steps leading to the main temple a large, stone lion image welcomes visitors, a symbol of power. On the other side of it, there is a sculpture of an elephant depicting a battle. Currently, the main temple (or `mandapa’) is not accessible to the general public due to ongoing renovation work, however, it will be opened to visitors soon. Above the statue, you can see a beautiful carving of the Sun God on green stone.
The wheels are not only pieces of art and craftsmanship, but they also have the unique characteristics of a sundial. Your guide will show you how this amazing star works, showing the exact time and movement of the sun.
Inside the temple grounds, there is also a museum that provides information and details about the temple.
Important tip while visiting Konark Sun temple is to carry drinking water and wear glasses/cup as it is hot and sunny. Within this complex, there are good restaurants that serve food.
Finally, on the way back, I have to stop at a pristine beach, covered with velvety sand, which is amazingly white.
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