The temple is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga dynasty about 1250 CE.
Dedicated to the Hindu Sun God Surya, what remains of the temple complex has the appearance of a 100-foot high chariot with immense wheels and horses, all carved from stone.
Also called the Surya Devalaya, it is a classic illustration of the Odisha style of Architecture or Kalinga architecture. Read more about Konark Sun Temple on its Wikipedia Page
The magnificent Sun Temple at Konark is the culmination of Odisha temple architecture, and one of the most stunning monuments of religious architecture in the world.
Built by the King Narasimhadeva in the thirteenth century, the entire temple was designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twentyfour wheels , carrying the sun god, Surya, across the heavens.
Surya has been a popular deity in India since the Vedic period. Read more about Konark Sun Temple on its Official Website
Sculptures abound in Orissa’s Konark Temple, built in the 13th century to commemorate Surya the Sun God. However, the temple itself is actually a giant sculpture of the Sun God riding his chariot and is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the unfathomable intricacy of the carvings.
From the gigantic chariot wheels to the detailed depictions of every aspect of life in Orissa at the time, the Konark Temple is unparall in its architecture anywhere in the world.