Konark Sun Temple , Konark

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Konark Sun Temple , Konark - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Konark, Puri, Orissa, 752111, India

Phone: +91-6758236821

Ticket Price: 10 INR

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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The Sun Temple of Konark is the finest example of Kalinga architecture. This is one masterpiece combining all the varieties of this type of architecture. Each inch of the temple and its subsidiary shrines is decorated with fantastic designs and carvings. The main shrine has been damaged and broken down long ago by the army of a Mughal General. The remaining shrines act no less in proving the expertise and dedication of the Odhiya artists and craftsmen in uplifting the standard of Indian culture along with showcasing some amazing architectural techniques.

This temple dedicated to the Sun God stands majestically on the banks of the Bay of Bengal and narrates numerous stories of its grandeur and mysteries of the past. The temple was constructed by King Narasimha Deva I of the Ganga Dynasty. The temple was built in a design of the chariot of the Sun God with 24 wheels like 12 on each side and 7 horses. The 12 wheels are said to represent the months of the year and the 7 wheels in front for the week. There are three main parts of the temple that are the main temple of the deity, the Jagamohana Hall and the Nritya Mandapa. There is also a separate offering hall or Bhoga Mandapa and a Nata Mandapa built on a raised platform in the same line. The entrance of the temple has statues of elegant Gajasimhas (lions over elephants) where the guards are meant to sit.

The main part of the temple is the hall of dance. The roof of this hall has collapsed only the remaining are there. There are many statues and carvings of beautiful dancing girls with instruments. There are also carvings of elephants and lions. There are a number of doors in this hall which are constructed in such a way that the hall looks more like a temple. It seems these were constructed in a way to keep in mind the various zodiac positions of the sun and to let its rays pass through at different times of the day.

There are various tales that talk about the reason behind the building of this temple. Some say it is a symbol of rising spiritualism above materialism and there are many others who say it is victory of Hinduism over Buddhism. Apart from these there are many other tales that you will get to hear from the local guides there.

Konark Sun Temple Information

  • Other contact no +91 6742432177.
  • Photography is allowed here free of charge.

Konark Sun Temple Ticket Prices

  • For Indians: Rs 10 per person
  • For foreigners: Rs 250 per person

How To reach Konark Sun Temple by Public Transport

  • The nearest railway station is the Bhubaneshwar Junction.
  • The nearest airport is the Biju Patnaik Airport.

Restaurants Near Konark Sun Temple

  • Kamat Restaurant
  • Santoshi Restaurant
  • Geetanjali Restaurant
  • Sun Temple Restaurant
  • Santi Restaurant
  • Deluxe Restaurant
  • Baba Sweet Shop

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  • If you are a civil engineer you must visit this place at once in your life.you will know the critical designing power of ancient engineers. If u will compare yourself with them you are not equal to their little finger. It is one of the most technical architecture in the world. It broadly tells about India's ancient civil engineering. The wheels shows the time very accurately when sunshine falls on it.

  • Amazing and intelligently constructed temple. Beautiful sculptures especially the wheel. The story behind it's construction is also interesting. A guide must be hired to understand the meaning behind every sculpture

  • A nice, historic, auspicious place to visit. It is worth visiting if you visit Konark. It is more of a visiting kinda temple than praying one. It has an ancient story and deep meanings associated with the carvings and the structure which may excite some. It adds extra dimension to our culture and history. It'll take hardly one and a half hour to visit the temple and one can easily visit it.

  • Great place! The temple is clean and green.👌👌 You can relax and enjoy with family and friends. 30Rs entry ticket. Mobile phones allowed! Take as much pics as you want. 😂😂 . A wonderful market just outside the temple. 4 stars coz temple is always in construction mode with bamboos!!

  • A very ancient, nice and historic place and a great example of Indian architecture. The temple is build in 13th century under the patronage of King. But is destroyed by the attack of Portugal. Still there are some attractive thing like sun dial, life wheels represent daily life and events of the ancient Indian. Entry fee 30 Rupees as of in 2017. Best to visit in day light (10:00 am to 3:30 pm) then you can see how they count times following sun ray. Movement of shadow indicates the time of the day. The temple is under repairing status, can't enter the main temple, but you can see Main gate , lion gate horse gate. Better to take a guide.

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