Konark Sun Temple, Odisha
Do you want to know about the Sun Temple in Odisha, India. If yes, you are at the right place. In today’s article we would discuss about the history, myths, facts and the magnet of the temple.
Konark sun temple was built in the 13th century by King Narasimhadeva I. The king belonged to the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. This temple is dedicated to the Sun God. Much of the temple is in ruins now. The temple was also called as Black Pagoda by the sailors as the tower of the temple appeared black from distance.
Konark Sun temple is located around 22 miles from Puri and around 37 miles from the state capital of Odisha, Bhubneshwar. There are seven horses pulling the chariot of the Sun God and there are 24 wheels of the chariot, each wheel is 10 feet in diameter. Sun Temple, Konark is a masterpiece of the medieval era. Inside the temple, there erotic figures carved.
The Konark Sun Temple was initially built on the banks of the sea, Bay of Bengal. However, with course of time the sea has receded. A heavy magnet was placed at the top of the temple, the idol used to float in the air due to magnetic attraction. As the magnetic field was disturbing the compass of the coastal navigators, hence it was removed.
It is also believed that after defeating demon Gyasur, Lord Vishnu placed his Lotus at Konark. There is a entry fees for entering the Konark Sun Temple, INR 10 for Indian citizens while it is 5 USD for Foreigners. Also, the entry is free for visitors below 18 years. The temple is recognized as World Heritage site by UNESCO.
If you wish to visit this temple, the best time is during the winters (October till Feb) as it is pleasant during these months. The temple is open from Sunrise to Sunset on all the days.
So, this was all about the Sun Temple at Konark. Thanks for reading.