Konark Sun Temple –The Black Pagoda

07 Oct


Konark Sun Temple in Odisha

The Konark Sun Temple located in Konark town of Orissa (Odisha) is a popular tourist attraction that is in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in India. This temple was built by King Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty in 1250. Most of the part of the temple is in ruins now. It is called the Sun Temple because it is dedicated to the Sun God Surya. The shape of the temple is of a gigantic chariot which has carved stone wheels, pillars and walls. It has twelve pairs of elaborately carved stone wheels and is pulled by seven pairs of horses. It was once mentioned as the Black Pagoda by the European sailors.


Statue of Sun God Surya

Wheel of chariot-Konark Sun Temple

Stone Wheel of the Chariot carved on Konark Sun Temple

The architecture of the temple depicts the traditional style of Kalinga architecture. The orientation of the temple is towards the east due to which first rays of sunrise strike the main entrance. It has 128 feet tall audience hall that stands even now. Other structures that survive today are the dance hall and dining hall also known as Nata Mandira and Bhoga Mandapa. Two ruined temples have also been discovered some times ago namely Mayadevi Temple and Vaishnava deity. A Konark Archaeological Museum is also located there having a collection of all the fallen structures.

Carvings on walls - Konark Sun Temple

Carvings and Sculptures on the walls of Konark Sun Temple

Many kinds of images are sculpted on the walls of the Sun Temple. Some of them are of animals such as snakes, giraffe, elephants, etc. Religious figures are also covering the walls of the temple. Also, one can see the intricately crafted images of God Vishnu, Lord Shiva as well as Goddess Shakti. Women and men are also drawn over the walls of the temple in seductive poses of various kinds. Its fine figures that carved on the walls of the temple made it superior to other temples.

Animal carvings

Animals carved on the walls of Sun Temple

So, visiting this temple dwells anyone in its architecture, pictographic sculptures, serene environment, mythological temples, etc. After visiting that, it will remind you in your life as a nice experience. Nearby attraction of this temple is the Jagannath Puri temple. One can also visit this popular temple as it is one of the famous sightseeing in Odisha.

Simha-gaja sculpture at the entrance


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7 responses to “Konark Sun Temple –The Black Pagoda

  1. Sonnja

    October 7, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Beautiful temple!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  2. Kumu

    October 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I’ve never visited the place , but the architecture and the layout from the pics are somewhat similar to Belur , Halebid and Somnathpur. You will love these places !

    • Swati Singh

      October 7, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Most of the temples in south India are similar to one another mostly because they followed the common Dravidian architectural style (err…..i am not an expert :P)

  3. Harsha

    October 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    This Temple is Magnificent..Remember our History Books..Lately I have been planning a trip to Odhisa and Your Post added fuel to it..Lovely Descriptive Post.. 😀

  4. shakilakhtar

    October 8, 2013 at 2:32 am

    very nice information and interesting pictures. great work.


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