Things to know about Konark Sun Temple, Orrisa:
Konark Temple also called as Konark Sun Temple is situated in Odisha. Konark Sun Temple is dedicated to sun God and build in 13th century.Its shape is similar to a giant chariot and exquisite stone carvings are covering this entire temple structure.
Konark Sun Temple is most popular destination in Odhisha and considered as a World Heritage Site in 1984. This temple is situated in Konark which is 35 km from Puri and 65 km from Bhubaneswar.
Konark Temple God:
The word “Konark” is a combination of two Sanskrit words – Kona & Ark. Kona means a corner or an angle and Ark means the Sun which signifies that the temple is dedicated to Sun God Surya.
Konark Temple is also called Black Pagoda which was given by the Europeon Sailors. In contrast to that, Jagannath Temple- Puri is called White Pagoda which name was also given by Europeon Sailors.
Konark Temple Story:
Konark Sun Temple was built by King Narasimha Deva in 1278 CE and considered as one of the grandest temples in India.This temple was build in 12 years by a workforce of 12 thousand workers under the leadership of Narashima.
Konark temple was sacked by Muslim Army in 15th century and the central statue enshrined in the temple was smuggled away to Puri by priests.There have been several proposed theories for the collapse of the main sanctum. The date of the collapse is also not certain.
It is said that Huge amount of sand buried Konark temple for years and in 20th century, Britishers started the restoration process of this temple.The archaeologist uncovered the lower part of the temple which was well preserved.
Architecture of the Konarak Temple:
Konark temple architecture is consist of a huge charriot with a team of seven horses. The entire temple was planned in such a way that twelve pair of stone wheels exactly fit into the charriot.
The temple was originally built at the river Chandrabhaga, which is dead now. Konark Temple follows the traditional style of Kalinga architecture and this temple is build from Khondalite rocks.
It is said that out of 70 meter height half of the temple buried under the sand and only 30 meter is accessible.