Konark Sun TempleCurrently Closed
- 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
Konark Sun Temple - Review
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
83.58% of people start their Konark Sun Temple visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Konark Sun Temple
92.16% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Konark Sun Temple
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Konark Sun Temple , Konark Reviews
Beautiful temple with lots of history. The Wheels at the Sun Temple can show accurate dials. I think modern watches took inspiration from here. There was also story about magnets placed at the top of the temple and every two stones of the temple is sandwiched by iron plates. The idol was said to have been floating in air due to the arrangement of magnets. Please ensure to have local guide with you to understand the history of the temple.
Wonderful monument! It's worth to spend 3 hours inside the temple complex. If you're interested in touring in India, you must visit this temple. It is biggest temple in Odisha. Carvings are detailed and beautiful. Many sculptures are explaining the sexual art that describes in Kamasutra. Twenty four giant wheels give a memorable image deep in mind. Usually over crowded. So visit in early mornings.
It's a place which reflects the great art and culture of India. In each and every minute thing you can find the art hand off or predecessors. If you visit this place then it is better to take the help of a local guide to know the history behind the great historical temple. May the sun god bless you... Happy visit...
Awesome place for clicking photos or even sitting idle. Wind flows very fast. Stairs are having great length, breadth and height. Must click pictures from photographers to make it memorable. There is also a market where you will get gift items.
Great place to be! The main temple is under maintenance and the tomb is full of trusses. pictorial view is not that great.ambience is awesome. campus is really good. Wheels of the Chariot Shaped temples are the main attraction and you’ll be amazed with the scientific construction. Don’t miss the laser light n sound show at 8:00 am. Tickets are sold out very fast, even at 3/4 pm it might be sold out. Ample shops are there, for souvenirs!