It’s the Sun Temple, Konark which was built during the 13th century CE. This temple is located at Konark, Puri and dedicated to the Sun God. As per the history, it is mentioned that during 1255 CE, King Narasimhadeva I started building this temple. He belongs to the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. It’s the shape of the temple’s complex that seems to be more amazing. It appears as the whole temple is located on a gigantic chariot for which stone carved wheels, walls and pillars are also assigned. Well, some parts of this temple are now in ruin condition and the archeological department and the tourism department are now taking steps to preserve them. This temple is also added for the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This temple is located at a distance of 35km from the town of Puri and from the state capital Bhubaneswar, it is located at a distance of 65 km. the name of such temple was derived from two Sanskrit words like Kona which means angle or corner and Ark that means the Sun. in the ancient time when the European managed to find the first glimpse of this temple, they named it as the Black Pagoda. With contrast to this temple, they named the Jagannath Temple in Puri as White Pagoda. During that time, sea was quite close to both these temples. Due to this reason, both these temples have served as the landmarks for the sailors during that time.
In order to create its structure, iron beams were used during that time. As per the history, this temple was originally built right at the river mouth of River Chandrabhaga. After the temple was built, that waterline receded from this spot. In order to build this temple, the artists have followed the Kalinga Architecture style. The prime attraction of this temple lies at the principal entrance. It was built in such a way that the first ray of sun can hit this entrance first before hitting the other entrances. Khondalite rocks were used to build the whole structure.
Sun Temple Konark one of the most stunning monuments of religious significance and Indian’s eco heritage also well known tourist attraction of Orissa. Orissa is most famous for the rich historical heritage, temple architecture; vibrant living temples, golden sand beaches, family tour package and amazing nature are few highlights of this Golden Triangle. No doubt, it is rated as one of the best Family Holiday Destination in Odisha. Puri, Konark, Bhubaneswar popularly known as Golden Triangle Tour in Odisha offers best family holiday option to meet everyone’s interest.