It was a bright sunny morning when I found myself standing in front of the sun temple at Konark in Odisha. 12 long years of dedication and about 1200 craftsmen built a masterpiece designed like a chariot for Surya, the Sun God, which has gone distorted with time. If the Puri Jagannath temple is referred to as the White Pagoda, the Europeans called the sun temple at Konark as the Black Pagoda was built in black granite during the 13th-century reign of Narasimhadeva-I. It is one among the foremost magnificent architectural wonders and a World Heritage Site. The temple is now mostly in ruins, and a group of its sculptures is housed within the Sun Temple Museum, is now run by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Things to see is the main temple structure and also the geometrical patterns all around the temple. The wheels and the spokes carved depicts the function of sundials, Warhorses, the elephants and therefore the guarding lions at the doorway. The famous erotic sculptures are showcases on the second level of temple structure.
Timings: 6am – 8pm
Entry fees: INR 30 per person for Indians, INR 250 per person for foreign tourists.(Special entry for BIMSTEC and SAARC citizens is ₹40).
Must see: Light & Sound show held at the temple premises after sunset is a delight to the eyes. It tells of that temple ‘s history.
Light & Sound Show: 7-8 PM daily
Read more: 24hr at Bhubaneswar- City of Temples
The visitors are provided wireless headphones which they have a choice between three languages: English, Hindi and Odiya. You need an id card Konark Sun temple is open from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm for tourists. it is open for all days of the week.
As the sun slowly gets a bit harsh tourists slowly troop in. Its time for me to depart the sun temple at Konark and obtain back on the road to visualize more ancient temples in Odisha.
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