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Konark

Konark

 

 

Konark

The historical city of Konark is situated in the state of Odisha, India on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. The city is most famous for its magnificent piece of art known as the Konark Sun Temple. Built from oxidized and weathered ferruginous sandstone in the 13th century in honor of the Sun God by King Narasimhadeva, this temple is truly an apogee of the temple architecture of Odisha. The temple is a World Heritage Site and is one of the seven 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.

 

According to some legends, it is believed that the temple was built by Lord Krishna’s son named Sambha who was once of leprosy by the Lord himself. It is said that he prayed for a total of 12 years to Lord Sun who being pleased with his devotion cured him. It was then that Sambha decided to build the temple in honor of the Lord Sun.

 

The entrance of the temple has two giant lions, each one crushing a war elephant lying over a human body. It is said that the sculpture indicates the fact that man is crushed by the pride (lion) and elephant (money). The Nata Mandir at the entrance was the platform where the dancers used to perform to please the Sun Lord. The spokes of the carved wheels at the temple’s base act as sundials whose shadow gives a precise time.

 

Each and every inch of the temple boasts unexcelled beauty and grace. One can find intricately carved images of deities, dancers, lovers, musicians, courtly life, hunts and battles at the temple. There is no denying to the fact that the Sun temple is an epitome of the temple architecture of the state of Odisha.

 

Konark Dance Festival

The Konark Dance Festival is celebrated annually in December to pay respect to the rich and glorious Music and Dance of India. Held in the backdrop of the Sun temple, this festival invites travelers and art lovers from all parts of the world. The Konark Dance Festival showcases different dance forms such as Oddissi, Bhartnatyam, Manipuri, Kathak and many more that are performed by professional dancers. In addition to this, traditional dance show like Chow is also performed during the festival. Such is the spell of the performance that even the most loquacious person is lured to notice each and every posture of the performers during the show.

 

Magha Saptami

Magha Saptami is a colorful festival celebrated every year in the months of January or February. The festivities begin as the devotees take a dip into the Chandrabhaga Tirtha near the sea and thereafter offer prayers t the rising sun. On this day a grand fair is held at Khandagiri (near Bhubaneswar) that goes on for a total of seven days.

 

How to Reach:

 

By Road: The best route to reach Konark is the Puri-Konark Marine drive.

By air: Bhubaneshwar is the nearest airport to Konark.

By Rail:The nearest railheads to reach Konark are Puri and Bhubaneshwar.

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