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5 Lesser-Known Facts About The Archaeological Wonder - The Sun Temple Of Konark

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Some interesting facts about the 13th-century Sun Temple in Konark.

5 Lesser-Known Facts About The Archaeological Wonder - The Sun Temple Of Konark:

  1. Konark (Odisha)

Day 1. The Temple Is Built On Like A Chariot

The Temple Is Built On Like A Chariot
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Konark Temple was designed in the form of a gorgeously adorned chariot mounted on 24 wheels. Each about 10 feet in diameter, and drawn by 7 mighty horses. HolidayIQ Traveller Siba Prasad Sahu from Sonepur shares, "This is the great temple of Odisha. It is near the beach of Bay of Bengal. It looks marvellous. It's architecture design is outstanding. Its environment is so good. Its garden is also very beautiful. I have enjoyed a lot visiting this temple. The best thing is its stone work which attracted me a lot."

Day 2. Konark Sun Temple Was Initially Built On The Sea Bank

Konark Sun Temple Was Initially Built On The Sea Bank
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Konark Temple was initially built on the sea bank but now the sea has receded and the temple is a little away from the beach. It’s kenned as 'Black Pagoda' due to its dark colour and utilized as a navigational landmark by ancient sailors to Odisha. HolidayIQ Traveller Santhosh Wilson from Thirvanthapuram shares, "The thirteenth century temple, presently preserved by the Archeological Survey of India is a visual treat for history buffs. The temple is located at about 1. 5 km from Konark town. The place was calm as we reached there in the morning itself. The shops on either side of the road were yet to open. Rejuvenated from the tender coconut we got from a shop, we strolled along the way leading to the Black Pagoda (the sobriquet used to refer to Konark temple). The temple, subjected to the elements of weather, is currently in a partly damaged condition. The inside part is sealed due to safety concerns and we can only marvel the beauty of the outer portion. When viewed the temple sideways from a distance, we get the whole view of the temple in the form of a chariot, drawn by horses, with twelve wheels on either side."

Day 3. The Wheels At Sun Temple Konark Serve As Accurate Sun Dials And Are Inspiration For Modern Day Watches

The Wheels At Sun Temple Konark Serve As Accurate Sun Dials And Are Inspiration For Modern Day Watches
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The main attraction of the temple is its twelve pairs of wheels located at the base of the temple. These wheels are not ordinary wheels but tell time as well – the spokes of the wheels create a sundial. One can calculate the precise time of the day by just looking at the shadow cast by these spokes. HolidayIQ Traveller Lalat Kumar Sahoo from Puri shares, "One of the most stunning monuments of religious significance, a true masterpiece of architecture proudly stands in the form of Sun Temple at Konark. A culmination of Oriya architecture, the temple is a wonderful place as the language of stone defeats the human language here. This is the world's most beautiful monuments. Like the titanic temple of Khajuraho female dancers in stand stone combine with male figures in the act of titanic love and also Twenty-four wheels are set around the temple symbolizing the wheel of the chariot of the sun God as he around this planet travels from dawn till dusk. This is located near to Sea While bathing in the sea following day, We found an image of God, fashioned out of Surya's body by Viswakarma. I've had another experience today, which is light surrounding a part of my selfish ego, and my ego submitted. The light has won for this issue. It is no longer possible to tolerate some of my selfish behaviours. Now I feel very peaceful."

Day 4. The Temple Symbolises The Passage Of Time Under The Sun God’s Control

The Temple Symbolises The Passage Of Time Under The Sun God’s Control
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The seven horses, which pull the sun temple eastwards towards the dawn, represent the days of the week. The 12 pairs of wheels represent the 12 months of the year and the eight spokes in each wheel symbolize the eight ideal stages of a woman’s day. HolidayIQ Traveller Abhishek Dash from Bangalore shares, "Situated near the bank of sea Konark is great example of Indian Architecture and Engineering of that time. Konark is the only place where sun god is worshiped. The best thing was the story related to temple construction and the thing I liked most was that the suns ray fall on every giant wheel of the temple serially in a gap of 1 hour. The park of the temple is beautiful and a best place for children to play. One should visit this temple once in a lifetime."

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Day 5. The Sun Temple Represents Mortality

The Sun Temple Represents Mortality
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The Konark Sun temple has two huge lions on either side of the entrance. Each lion is shown crushing an elephant. Beneath each elephant lies a stone sculpture of human body. The lion represents human pride and elephant represents the money and how greed and money will take crush you under their weight if left unchecked. HolidayIQ Traveller Robinson As from Hyderabad shares,"The temple has amazing art work which is just mind blowing. You can see the creativity of the people who were engaged in building the temple. It is also amazing to walk around and see every details of the architectures."

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