Konark sun temple

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    Location: Konark, Odisha, India

    Estimated Visiting Time: 1 hour

    At about a distance of 35 kilometers northeast of puri city on the coastline in puri district, Odisha, India, Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century sun temple at Konark. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu sun god Surya. The temple complex provides a 100-foot-high chariot with immense wheels and horses, all carved from stone.





    The reason behind the destruction of the Konark temple is still unclear and a source of conflict. In the course of being sacked several times by Muslim armies between the 15th and 17th centuries, theories range from natural damage to deliberate destruction of the temple. In the year of 1984, this temple was declared a UNESCO world heritage site. For  Hindus, it remains a major pilgrimage site, who gathers here every year for the Chandrabhaga Mela around the month of February. To signify its importance to Indian cultural heritage, Konark Sun Temple is depicted on the reverse side of the Indian currency note of 10 rupees.


    Konark sun temple

    Much of the temple is now in ruins, which was once over 200 feet high, in particular, the large Shikara tower over the sanctuary; this rose much higher than the mandapa that remains, at one time. Including erotic Kama and Mithuna scenes, the structures and elements that have survived are famed for their intricate artwork, iconography, and themes. It is a classic illustration of the Odisha style of Architecture or Kalinga architecture which is also known as Surya Devalaya.

    Inside/Outside Views

    Konark sun temple

    This temple was called the “Black Pagoda” In  European sailor accounts, this temple was called the “Black Pagoda” early as 1676 because it looked like a great tiered tower that appeared black. Likewise, in puri, the Jagannath Temple was called the “White Pagoda”. For sailors, in the Bay of Bengal, both temples served as important landmarks.

    Opening Hours

    • Tuesday —-6 AM–8 PM
    • Wednesday-6 AM–8 PM
    • Thursday —6 AM–8 PM
    • Friday ——6 AM–8 PM
    • Saturday —6 AM–8 PM
    • Sunday—– 6 AM–8 PM
    • Monday —-6 AM–8 PM

    Entry & Others Fees

    Rs 40 is needed to pay for the Indian visitors. On the contrary, a foreigner needs to pay Rs 600 to get access to the temple.

    How to Reach

    By air: The Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar, is the closest airport to Konark with about a distance of 64 km. To most main cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, and Kolkata, this airport is well-linked.  From this airport, some of the major airlines operate, including  Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, and Vistara. After reaching the airport, You can travel to Konark to your desired destination by either bus or taxi.

    By road: Run by the government, the Orissa Tourism Development Corporation has several buses regularly, linking Konark to other towns and cities within Odisha. They are not well maintained and can be quite uncomfortable, although are cheap. Although a tad bit pricier, private Volvo buses are much better. At Bhubaneswar or Puri, private buses can be boarded. From Puri to Konark, Kishor Tours runs buses.

    By rail: The closest railway stations are located in Bhubaneswar and Puri, as Konark has no railway station of its own. From  Konark, the Bhubaneswar railway station is at a distance of 61.7 km while the one in Puri is at a distance of 35.3 km. Both of these stations are well-linked to several major cities around India.

    Tips for Travellers

    As it is a religious place you must maintain your courtesy.


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: yes, the place is safe to visit.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: No. Photography is not allowed here.

    Que-03: What is the best time to visit the place? 

    Ans: You can visit the place anytime throughout the year.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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