A small town in the state of Odisha, this place is mainly known for the 13th Century Sun Temple. This place was built by Samba who was the son of Lord Krishna. He built the temple here as a mark of his devotion and thankfulness towards the Sun God. Apart from this temple, the Chandrabhaga beach is another attraction here. Konark is not very far away from the Puri City and so is also easily accesible for everyone. This is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is looked after by the Archeological Survey of India. The place started hiding away from the eyes of the tourists but is now again reviving its importance among all.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Konark is from October to March
How To Reach
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Konark Sun Temple
he major attraction of the town of Konark, this temple is a stunning example of ancient Odisha Temple architecture. The temple was built in the 13th Century during the reign of King Narasimhavarmana I. Samba, the son of Lord Krishna was cursed by him and this made him a victim of leprosy. After this he started practising strict penace and at the end of this he attained the blessings of the Sun God. Lord Surya is the one who is said to have powers of curing all sorts of sking diseases and so did he cure Samba. As a mark of his gratitude and devotion he built the Konark Sun Temple. Next day when he was taking a bath in the waters of Chandrabhaga, a picture of Lord Surya floated to his hands and he took it as an instruction of the Lord. He immediately placed this image in the temple he had built. The temple is huge and is in the form of a chariot which has 12 wheels and being driven by 7 horses. The idol of the Sun God is in a standing posture and the horses are shown carrying him across the heavens. The temple was also called as the 'Black Pagoda' by the British because it was built completely of black granite.
One of the best beaches along the eastern coast, this is the perfect place if you are seeking peace and some quality time amidst the beauty of nature. The golden sands of the beach are a sight to behold and according to history this place has witnessed the rise and fall of the Konark Temple along the years and also witnessed it being rebuilt. The Chandrabhaga Mela is a week long fair on this beach where many cultural activities are organjsed and the celebration is worth being a part of.
If Jagannath temple is the white Pagoda, this is the Black Pagoda. It is an architectural wonder, and though its main sanctum had collapsed a few centuries ago and has been rebuilt, the significance of this temple has not diminished a bit. It is a heritage site declared by UNESCO and the place to be for anyone interested in archaeology.