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The Magnificence of Konark Sun Temple: A Masterpiece of Indian Temple Architecture and Art

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Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century (year 1250) Sun  temple at Konark  about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northeast from Puri on the coastline of Odisha, India. 

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.

Once over 200 feet high, much of the temple is now in ruins, in particular the large Shikara tower over the sanctuary. At one time this rose much higher than the Mandapa that remains.

The structures and elements that have survived the onslaught of time are renowned for their intricate artwork, iconography, and themes, including erotic Kama  and  Mithuna scenes.

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

Konark Sun Temple – Sculpture

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.

Konark Sun Temple Sundial

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.

Konark Sun Temple – Sculpture

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.

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