KONARK Tourism, Orissa

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About Konark - Orissa Tourism

Konark is a beautiful temple town in the Puri district of Orissa, lying at a distance of 65 Km from Bhubaneswar. Konark is popular among tourists for its magnificent 13th century Sun temple, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Tourists find this remarkable temple to be very interesting due to its unique construction in the form of a chariot of Surya, the Sun God.

The Sun temple is in the form of a chariot drawn by seven horses and twelve pairs of decorated wheels. The unique architecture of Konark temple is very interesting for travellers with entrance of the temple being guided by two lions who are crushing elephants, with elephants lying on humans. The temple walls are covered with sculptures that depict the daily lives of ancient civilization. The carvings on the temple walls also include some erotic scultpures similar to the temples of Khajuraho. 

This beautiful temple of Konark was built from oxidizing and weathered ferruginous sandstone by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. Konark is part of the popular golden triangle tourist circuit of Orissa that includes Bhubaneswar, Konark and Puri. Most of the travel packages provided by travel operators include these three cities in a single package. Konark falls on the way from Bhubaneswar to Konark on a road running right next to Bay of Bengal, also known as marine drive. 

The other important tourist attractions in Konark are the Chandrabhaga beach and the Ramchandi temple. The Konark temple is now mostly in ruins and slowly getting deteriorated due to harsh weather in the region. Large number of travellers visit this small town during the Chandrabhaga Mela, which is organized in the month of February and the Konark dance festival that hosts some of the most eminent dancers and singers from all over India. 

History of Konark - Orissa Tourism

There is a legend associated with the Sun temple of Konark that it was built by King Narasimha Deo-I of the Ganga dynasty as a representative of the political supremacy of its dynasty. However, after a long time being spent in the construction of the temple of Konark, king Narasimha gave a deadline to the architects. It was then that the son of the head architect, Dharampada, did a great job in providing a solution to finish the work within time and sacrificed his life to bring peace and harmony to the community.

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