Architectural Excellence of Konark Sun Temple in Odisha
Sun Temple at Konark one of the World Heritage Sites in Odisha needs no description. This is one of the top tourist attractions including foreign tourists in Odisha. It lies in the East Coast of Odisha between Puri and Bhubaneswar. Together these three i.e Puri, Bhubaneswar and Konark form the Golden Triangle of Odisha.Though this place is crowded with tourist round the year, yet it is heavily crowded in the auspicious Hindu month of Magh which is considered sacred for Sun God (Surya Bhagawan).
A road trip from Puri to Konark is quite enjoyable with pine trees and a stretch of Bay of Bengal on one side of the road.
After enjoying sea breeze in the beach for a while tourist visit Sun temple at Konark. The ticket counter / sale of tickets closes by 5 p.m at Konark. Entry ticket is Rs.30/- per person for Indians and Rs.500/- per person for foreigners. Entry is free for children below 12 years. For taking handy cam, you need to pay extra amount at the ticket counter.
As you face the temple walking on the road, you see rows of shops on either side with alluring handicrafts / handmade items.
It would really nice if the govt looks into this issue and provide a washroom facility for the tourists particularly children and senior citizens who cannot control their nature's call.
About Sun temple at KonarkWell, the famous Konark temple needs no description. However, just giving some details about it. Konark is located in between Puri and Bhubaneswar, nearer to Puri. It is at a distance of approx 35 Km from Puri and 65 Km from Bhubaneswar.
According to Hindu mythological story of Gayasura, it is said that Lord Vishnu placed His 'Padma' (lotus) in Konark Sun temple and the other three belongings i.e 'Sankha' (conch), 'Chakra' (disc) and 'Gada' (mace) at other three places to commemorate His victory over Gayasura, after killing the demon.
Sun temple is located on the shores of Bay of Bengal (the sea has receded over a period of time) and was an important landmark for the European sailors who referred it as 'Black Pagoda'.
The temple, though in its ruin state, is known for its architectural grandeur. Konark is also known as Konaditya and Arkakshetra. The temple is built in the form of the chariot of Sun god with 24 wheels. Each wheel is almost 10 feet diameter with elaborate carvings on the spokes.
Konark Sun temple is one of the famous tourist attractions of India. A visit to this wonderful place gives a feeling that yes, India, in fact, incredible.