built on the
Bay of Bengal
in the 13th Century A.D., today, lies almost 2 kms off the shore.
Block Pagoda to the Eropean sailors, it captivales the spectators imagination.
Constructed by Raja Narasimhadeva it is an extant example of Indian devotion to
the Sun – the God of all gods, the very source of life itself.
Konark, the “Natya Mandir”, the dance hall of the
probably remains as the last remnant of the glorious temples of Orissa an extant
example of the architectural excellence of the times. Built in the 13th
Century, here a colossal image of the chariot of the Sun, drawn by seven horses
and 24 wheels.
the divisions of time. The main
stood as high as 227 feet, superceding both Lingaraja and
. The Jagmohana (Parch) structure and the tower are both situated atop the stone
platform supporting the 24 wheels. The
also houses a Natamandira or dancing hall. Only two subsidiary temples out of the
22, that were also situated inside the temple precincts, exist today. The
stand to the West of the towers.
is a depiction is state of the life of those times – royal, social, religious
and military. The intricate carvings on the walls and wheels of the chariot are
unprecedented in history. The fine sculptures depicting Court life, hunting,
scenes, celestial deities are epitomes of precision and grace.
| Graceful sculptures
from the world of the Kamasutra, epic of eroticism also adorn the structures. The
standing in solitary splendour is the relic of a great past.
The history lovers
can regale themselves at the
at the site of the
. The majestic
silhouetted against the setting sun remains indelibly etched in the spectator’s
who desire to see Konark in full splendour should come here in the month of
February for the Magha Saptami, also called Chandrabhaga Mela, when pilgrims from
all over the world visit this place. Tourists interested in traditional
dance of Orissa /Indian dance and music
should visit Konark during 1st week of December to see the Konark Dance
Festival held in the Open Air Auditorium North of the
museum at Konark
museum has four galleries for housing and displaying 260 nos. of various
antiquities retrieved from the clearance work of Sun temple. Besides, it is rich
in reserve collevtion of having 456nos. of antiquities.
This place approachable by jeeps is just 8 kms from Konark. Recent
excavations have brought this small village into the limelight with the discovery
of antique images of Buddha seated in Bhumisparsa Mudra alongwith the image of
Here one may visit the shrines of Laxminarayanan, Amareshras and Barahi.
Barahi is a deity dating back to the 9th Century AD and is worshipped
according to tantrik practices. She is a mother goddess with the face of a boar
and is holding a fish in one hand and a cup in the other.
Just 7 kms from Konark, it is accessible by road (Marine drive).
Ramachandi is situated at the confluence of the River Kusabhadra and the
Bay of Bengal
. It is a beautiful spot and Goddess Ramachandi, the deity of
Washed by the clear blue waters of the
Bay of Bengal
it really lives up to its name. Astranga literally means varied
colours. 55 kms
from Konark, the sunset is a spectacular scene. It is a famous fishing
Kakatapur lies 45 kms from Konark. Well connected by regular bus services
from Puri, Bhubaneshwar and
. It is situated in the Prachi valley and is known for the shrines of Goddess
Mangala and Banadurga. Legend has it that directions for locating the holy log
from which is created the icon of Lord Jagannath comes from her. The much famed
‘Jhamu Yatra’ is celebrated in April – May where the devotees walk over a
narrow French strewn with lighted embers. It is a major festival here.
Pipli close to Konark (44kms) is a centre for appliqué work.
temperatures range between 15.7d.c in winter to maximum of 30d.c -40d.c in summer.
It enjoys a rainfall of 152.4 cm. Winter wear is light woolens and in summer it is
light cottons only.
The best time to visit :- The best
time to visit is between October
||The Nearest Airport from Konark
is Bhubaneshwar (65 kms)
nearest railheads from Konark are
Bhubaneshwar and Puri .Puri
||There is vast network of bus services
connecting all major cities of India