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Konark

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Konark just 35 kms. from Puri, is an oft visited tourist destination Konark, the city is often been described as the the city of Sun Temple .

The Temple Chariot of the Sum God (Black Pagoda) washed by the waters of the Bay of Bengal, can boast of the most exquisite specimen of Orissan craftsmanship – The Sun Temple where according to Rabindranath Tagore’, the language of stone, defeats the language of man’. 

The Konark Sun Temple built on the Bay of Bengal in the 13th Century A.D., today, lies almost 2 kms off the shore. 

The 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.  

In Konark, the “Natya Mandir”, the dance hall of the Sun Temple 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.  

Symbolises the divisions of time. The main tower of Konark stood as high as 227 feet, superceding both Lingaraja and Jagannath Temples . The Jagmohana (Parch) structure and the tower are both situated atop the stone platform supporting the 24 wheels. The Konark Sun Temple 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 Vaishnabevi Temple and the Mayadevi Temple stand to the West of the towers.

The Sun temple of Narasimhadeva 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 Sun Temple standing in solitary splendour is the relic of a great past. 

The history lovers can regale themselves at the Archaeological Museum at the site of the Konark Sun Temple . The majestic Sun Temple silhouetted against the setting sun remains indelibly etched in the spectator’s memory.

Those 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 Konark Sum Temple .  

Archaeological museum at Konark

The 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.

Excursion

Kuruma : 

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 Heruka.

Chaurasi

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.

Ramachandi

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 Konark, is worshipped here.

Astranga

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 harbour.

Kakatapur

Kakatapur lies 45 kms from Konark. Well connected by regular bus services from Puri, Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack . 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

Pipli close to Konark (44kms) is a centre for appliqué work.

Climate its 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 to March

How To Get There Konark is located in Orissa
By Air  
The Nearest Airport from Konark is Bhubaneshwar (65 kms)
By Train 
The nearest railheads from Konark are Bhubaneshwar and Puri .Puri (31 kms)
By Road 
There is vast network of bus services connecting all major cities of India 

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