Affectionately known as the Black Pagoda, this is Odisha’s famous Konark Sun Temple where Surya Surya bestows his blessings on his devotees. Having laid its foundations in the 13th century, the Konark Sun Temple has been placed among the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world. This temple has a special meaning where ‘Kona’ means corner and ‘arka’ means sun, indicating that the sun is revered in the arc field. Along with the Jagannath temple, this famous temple in Odisha was used as a landmark by European sailors in the Bay of Bengal. Moreover, this temple belonged to a famous warrior, King Narasinghdev, the first of the Ganga dynasty of 1250 AD. The 61-meter high chariot-shaped temple that once stood in ruins with carved horses, pillars, walls, and wheels made of stone now stands 30 meters high. Moreover, if you are planning a trip to Konark Sun Temple then the winter season is considered the best time to visit as the famous Chandrabhaga Mela also takes place during that time.
History and Architecture of the Templars
Gifted to Odisha by King Narasinghdev in the 13th century, this temple has various stories. Starting with the shape of the temple, the structure resembles a chariot with 12 wheels representing the 12 months and 7 horses representing the 7 days of the week that carry the sun god above the sky. Besides, the 12-wheel is the sundial which can be used to calculate the exact time The temple is illuminated with the splendor of the Kalinga architectural style where it was originally built on the banks of the Chandrabhaga River. However, there have been constant changes in the water line. Further, it is believed that after defeating the demons, Lord Vishnu installed Lotuses in Konark, Coaches in Puri, Maces in Jajpur, and Discs in Bhubaneswar. According to mythological references, it is said that Lord Krishna cursed his son Samba with leprosy. To get rid of this disease, Samba did penance for 12 years on the banks of the river Chandrabhaga at Mitravana; And when Surya, the god of the sun, was cured of his illness. Later Samba built a temple in his honor to praise the sun god. An image of Surya’s body was also placed in the temple by Vishwakarma which he found while taking bath the next day.
6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Best time to visit
The months of September to March are considered the best time to visit the Konark Sun Temple Travelers can visit other tourist spots in Konark during this month
Nearby tourist attractions
- Chandrababu Beach
- Ramchand Temple
- Ramchandi Beach