Konark (India) Reviews
Description:City: Konark / Country: India / World Region: Indian Subcontinent / "Konark is a town and a notified area committee in ... more
Konark (India) ... Puri District in the Indian state of Orissa. Konark (or Konarak) (Sanskrit: कोनार्क) is a small town in the state of Orissa, India, on the Bay of Bengal, sixty-five kilometres from Bhubaneswar. It is the site of the 13th-century Sun Temple (also known as the Black Pagoda), built in Orissa Red Sand Stone (Khandolite) and Black Grainte by King Narasimhadeva I (AD 1236-1264) of the Ganga dynasty. The temple is one of the most well renowned temples in India and is a World Heritage Site. The entire complex was designed in the form of a huge Imaginary chariot drawn by seven spirited horses representing seven basic clours of Sun on Twelve pairs of exquisitely decorated wheels. The entrance is guarded by two lions, which are each shown crushing a war elephant. Each elephant in turn lies on top of a human body. There are also human, divine and semi-divine figures in sensuous poses. The poses contains couples in various amorous poses, and are derived from the Kama Sutra. The temple is now partly in ruins, and a collection of its sculptures is housed in the Sun Temple Museum, which is run by the Archaeological Survey of India. The poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote of Konark: "here the language of stone surpasses the language of man.""
Newest Review: ... is the fact that the first rays of the rising sun always descend in the temple. I am a great fan of the architecture of the temple which is designed in the shape of a huge chariot with seven horses and twenty four wheels. This temple was built for Lord Surya (Sun) and is a very famous and sacred place. You will discover plethora of sculptures and images of deities, scenes of life events ... more
Customer Konark (India) Reviews (2)
by - written on 19/08/09 (Very useful, 26 readings)
The Sun Temple, KONARK ----------------------------- If you love to explore rich cultural heritage of India you must call on The Sun temple (Known as Black Pagoda) in Konark which is in Orissa (Eastern part of India). I have been there several times as I loved the place in my heart of hearts. It is a stunning monumental religious architecture built in thirteenth century. The amazing feature of this temple is the fact that the first rays of the rising sun always descend in the temple. I am a great fan of the architecture of the temple which is designed in the shape of a huge chariot with seven horses and twenty four wheels. This temple was built for ... Read the complete review
by - written on 11/08/00, updated on 11/08/00 (Very useful, 84 readings)
South of Calcutta, in the state of Orissa, is the coastal town of Puri, a popular beach resort for many Indian people. About an hours journey by bus to the north of Puri lies the small community of Konark, the locals existing off the economy from the tourists visiting the Sun Temple. This is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. The Temple was built in the thirteenth century and is as beautiful (although under extensive repair) as any of the many Hindu Temples to be seen in India, if only for its size. What is amazing is the base of the Temple. Only very recently rediscovered beneath the sands around the Temple is a base, largely intact and ... Read the complete review
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