Konark - A Chariot of Fire
Make Konark Temples in Orissa your holiday destination, this year. There are ceaseless reasons to energize you to choose this World Heritage Site for your travel…! Its colossal chariot shaped structure, giant twenty-four wheels carved out of rock, magnificent sculptures inscribed on the temple walls, its fabulous architecture and above all its sea side solitude location…. Still you need more reasons, then make a visit yourself to revel the secret treasures the city of the Sun God holds. Also popularly known as the Black Pagoda due to its black colour, this 13th century Konark Sun temple is the most popular and visited among all the temples in Orissa. Notice the architectural genius that is reflective of the great endeavor that was pulled in by the skilled artists. The use of black stone in the construction makes the temple a very enticing choice for witnessing. Lying very close to the heritage site of Puri and Bhubaneshwar, Konark town is easily accessible from all the major parts of the country. A visit to other famous towns near Konark like Pipli, Kurum and Chaurasi, from here is very simple and easy. So it becomes obligatory that you must visit to enjoy not only the temple heritage but also the untamed attractions around Konark. The glory of these temples is so vast that Rabindranath Tagore, the great literary quoted, "Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man". This Black Pagoda was constructed by Raja Narsimhadeva of the Ganga Dynasty who is famous for his execution of intricate details. Notice the masterpiece of Orissan Medieval architecture that reminds us of the chariot, its decorated wheels and the seven mythical horses, earn the credit to this temple. Indeed this chariot belongs to the Sun God Surya, who cured Samba, Lord Krishna's son, of leprosy. A masterpiece of Orissan Medieval architecture notices the complex and decorated wheels and the seven mythical horses that earn the credit of this temple.
Konark Temple - Language of Stones, Embellished By Humans
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While touring the Konark temple, take a closer look of the sculptures, carvings and basso rilievo that will impress you with their simplicity. A brilliant chronicle in stone, you will be astounded to see the sublime depiction of every aspect of life along with the erotic imaginary in infinite forms. Notice the twenty-four wheels that represent the hours of the day. You cannot miss the richly ornamented dancing hall and the elaborately sculpted religious scenes. Check out the images of Mahishasuramardini (Shakti cult), Jagannatha (Vaishnava cult) and a Linga (Shiva cult) enshrined in the temple. These sculptures are the audible examples of religious tolerance that was existent then. Try to catch a glimpse of the three images of Sun God, they are positioned in a manner to reflect the rays of the sun at dawn, noon and dusk.
Though a sight of this Konark temple is delightful at any time of the year but during the first week of December it is the best. Reason being the Konark Dance Festival - a step initiated to restore the glory of the temple and continue the tradition for centuries to come. Showcasing the Indian classical dance forms, Dance festival of Konark is held with the Sun temple being its backdrop.
One must surely visit the Sun Temple in Konark will allow you to take many excursions through which you can get to see the varied temple architecture of India full of rich cultural and heritage. You should visit to see the magic created by human hands.