Konark Sun Temple, KonarkCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Konark, Puri, Orissa, 752111, India
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +91-6758236821
- Ticket Price: 10 INR
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Architecture
About Konark Sun Temple, Konark
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Konark Sun Temple
95% of people who visit Konark include Konark Sun Temple in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
79.41% of people start their Konark Sun Temple visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Konark Sun Temple
93.72% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Konark Sun Temple
Konark Sun Temple , Konark Reviews
Amazing historical place built around .1200 AD.Architecture there is quite artistic. The main temple is destroyed however the remains are enough to blow one's mind. Contains erotic sculpture. There are 24 wheels in total throughout the structure. And one of them is sundial which can tell time accurate to minutes. Must visit of you are interested in history.
The Konark temple is always attraction point for tourists because its widely known not only for its architectural grandeur but also for the intricacy and profusion of sculptural work which is in good condition even after so many years. The entire temple has been conceived as a chariot of the sun god with 24 wheels, each about 10 feet in diameter, with a set of spokes and elaborate carvings. Seven horses drag the temple. Two lions guard the entrance, crushing elephants. A flight of steps lead to the main entrance.
I love this peaceful place 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.
I love this place because of the history story everything around this place is awesome. also you get nice local snacks around this place which i love. place is clean and well maintained. how ever being a popular tourist place its always very crowded.
Awesome place to visit with family and children. Lots of different structures of ancient times This place gives you opportunity to see the magic of ancient engineering. Beautiful statues . Beautiful garden and great temple. Worth visiting. I am amazed