Konark Sun Temple
Konark Sun Temple is a 13th century Sun Temple. The temple is one of the most renowned temples in India and is a World Heritage Site. It is considered one of the Seven heritage Wonders of India.
The Sun Temple, built in the thirteenth century, was conceived as a gigantic chariot of the Sun God, with twelve pairs of exquisitely ornamented wheels pulled by seven horses. Quite a bit is still intact and therefore a delight for any heritage traveller.
The temple is famous for its erotic sculptures. Thousands of images include deities, celestial and human musicians, dancers, lovers etc.
The Sun temple belongs to the Kalinga school of Indian temple architecture. The Main Sanctum which (229 ft. high) was constructed along with the Audience Hall (128 ft. high). The temple is now partly in ruins, and a collection of its sculptures is housed in the Sun Temple Museum, which is run by the Archaeological Survey of India.
The temple is not worshipped and is a heritage site and not have any pilgrimage significance.
The Annual Konark Festival, which is held in an Open Air Auditorium with the temple as the backdrop, showcase a parade of India’s classical and traditional dance forms. Eminent dancers and their troupe delight visitors in the wintry evening of early December.
Seasonality - Oct - March is the best time to visit