Here are some facts you need to know about Konark Sun temple
Sun Temple of Konark was built in the middle of 13th century by King Narasimhadeva I, the great ruler of the Ganga dynasty, with the help of 1200 artisans within a period of 12 years (1243-1255 A.D.). It is located in the district of Puri, Odisha.
The facts you need to know about Konark Sun temple goes like this:
- The Konark temple is the third link of Golden Triangle of Odisha. The first link is Jagannath Puri and the second link is Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
- The Konark temple is constructed as a huge chariot with 24 wheels which is pulled by 7 horses, housing the Sun God within.
- The entrance is guarded by two lions, each one is killing a war elephant and beneath the elephant, there is a man. The lions represent pride, elephants represent wealth.
- Konark temple was initially built on the sea bank but the sea has receded and the temple is a little away from the beach.
- Every day the Sun’s rays reach the Nata Mandir from the coast and reflect from the diamond which is placed at the centre of the idol.
- A heavy magnet is placed at the top of the temple. The magnet was earlier used as a compass by coastal voyagers and later it was removed.
- In 1984, The Sun Temple was declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
- The controversial Hindu text Madala Panji states that Kalapahad attacked this temple and damaged it in 1568. However, the existence of nearby stone temples in the Odisha region depicts that it was built and have stood without damage, which casts doubt to the former theory.
- There are several smaller shrines near the Sun Temple. These are Rameswar, Chitreswara, Tribeniswara, Ramachandi Rudrani, Khileswari, Charchika, and Chitreswari.
If you want to experience the beauty of temple sculpture, do hire a guide to get proper insights into the history of the temple. This place is well maintained and tourists from around the world visit this place.