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The Konark Sun Temple (Konark Temple) is probably the highest point in Orissa temple architecture. Shaped in the form of a giant chariot with exquisitely carved wheels and pillars, the temple is dedicated to the Sun god- Surya Deva. The word Konark comes from the merger of two Sanskrit words- Kona meaning corner and Arka meaning Sun.  It is a symbol of the mathematical prowess of the ancient scholars and skilled workmanship of the sculptors. 

The present-day temple was built in the 13th-century by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga dynasty to commemorate his victory over Tughral Tughan Khan. The temple was originally built on the shoreline of river Chandrabhaga, but the waterline has receded long since then.

According to the ancient texts, there might have been a sun temple built on the same site sometime during the 9th century. The original Konark temple is accredited to Samba, the son of Lord Krishna, who was cursed with leprosy. On the advice of a sage, he worshipped Surya Deva for 12 years post which he was cured.


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Dissy Rout
Dissy Rout
Creativity at its best
Jun 28 2014
The great Konark temple is world famous for its incomparable creativity, design, art and architecture. It was build by King Langula Narasingha Deba with the help of 1200 craftsmen. It is situated in Puri district of odisha state.
Sukanta Behera
Sukanta Behera
Beauty of Art landed on Earth
Jun 26 2014
Sun Temple Konark is situated near chandrabhaga river odisha. Its a best place for see the Fine Art works done on the stone and plate of the temple. The Konark temple is also known for its erotic sculptures of Maithunas. All should go and make a visi ...... read more
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