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The Sun Temple, KONARK
Member Name: arjun22
Advantages: Visit of life time, Rich cultural heritage of India, Cheap stay, Lots to explore
Disadvantages: You can not swim in the beach because of high tide
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 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 carved with sincere effort.
I was really enchanted with hospitable guides who will also narrate the story of Dharmapada who built the temple top crown and other popular events, diversified themes associated with this temple.
You can also enjoy early sun rise and sun set in the Chandrabhaga beach which is near by the temple. You need to plan your visit as I feel the best season will be specially the winter season otherwise it will be rather hot. You can also enjoy a classical dance festival which is normally organized in first week of December. This is regarded as a supreme dance festival in India and is very popular as it happens in an open environment and with lot of colours and vibrant.
It was an astounding experience for me as I was fascinated by the temple .You can drive your back to Puri through Marine Drive to visit Lord Jagnath temple or travel to capital of Orissa (Bhubaneswar) by road. On the way one can take a break at Pipli to buy some appliqué work in multi-coloured fabrics. So next time you visit India do plan out to include Konark in you your list.
Summary: A must Go place