Konark Sun Temple – When I visited Odisha, I went to this temple as well. This Sun Temple at Konark is on the Bay of Bengal coastal line of Odisha. Initially, this temple was built on the sea, but now the sea has receded and the temple is a little away from the sea.
The main structure of the temple is in ruins now, they said, originally the temple was over 200 foot high, right now, the remains look like only 100 foot high. The temple represents the Kalinga Architecture. This temple has some main halls like Garbhagriha, Jagamohana, Natamandira, and Bhoga-mandapa.
The cause of the destruction of this temple is unclear, some say the rulers during the 16th century deliberately destructed and some natural damage also caused the destruction. Right now, it’s just like a tourist spot.
This temple looks like a giant chariot carried by seven horses and twelve wheels. Those seven horses represent seven meters of Sanskrit poetry and twelve wheels represent twelve months of Hindu calendar.
The walls of the temple are covered with carved sculptures of people, deities, animals, birds, geometric patterns and some texts.
The konark.in website says,
“Every day, the Sun’s rays would reach the Nata Mandir from the coast and reflects from the diamond placed at the center of the idol. A heavy magnet was placed at the temple top and every two stones of the temple are sandwiched by iron plates. The idol was said to have been floating in the air due to the arrangement of magnets. The magnet at the top is said to have disturbed compasses for coastal voyagers and later on removed”.
The Konark museum is located near the main temple and maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The museum holds many antiquities, the sandstone image of Lord Sun, the reconstructed wheel, Lord Vishnu, etc. are major attractions. The museum gives an idea about the Konark temple for the new visitors.
Happy Traveling 🙂