KONARK – Dedicated to Sun God

The name Konarka is derived from the sanskrit word Kona (meaning angle) and word Arka (meaning sun) in reference to the temple which was dedicated to the Sun god surya. Konark a medium town in the Puri district in the state of Odisha, it lies on the coast by the Bay Of Bengal. Approx 65 kilometers from the state capital, Bhubaneswar, It is the site of the 13th-century Sun Temple, also known as the Black Pagoda. built during the reign of Narasimhadeva I, the temple is a world heritage site run by Archeological Society of India.

Built in 13th Century , and designed as a gigantic Chariot of Surya , the Sun God, the chariot has twelve pairs of wheels pulled by seven horses.During its glory , the main idol of Surya used to remain in air with the help of huge magnet at the peak and one at basement. Around 1627 , the then King of Khurda , took the sun idol from Konark to Jagannnath temple in Puri.

The city also hosts the famous annual dance festival called Konark Dance Festival, every December , devoted to the classical dances of India including Odissi (the state dance).

How to Reach:

One can reach Konark either from Bhubaneswar or from Puri . From Bhubaneswar airport it is just 66 kilometer . Deluxe busses and taxi services are available. One can take a bus or taxi from Puri railway station, which is approx 35 kms.


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