Konark Sun Temple, Odisha

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Konark Sun Temple, Odisha
Temple Address
Konark, Puri, Odisha - 752111, Puri, Odisha 752111
Temple overview

Konark Sun Temple is commonly known as Konark. The Konark Sun Temple about 35 kilometers(22mi) away from the northeast from Puri in the coastline state of Odisha, India. The Temple is dedicated to the famous king Narasimhadeva of the Eastern Ganga dynasty about 1250 common Era(CE).

The Konark Sun Temple is Dedicated to the Hindu god Surya. Which remains of the temple complex has the appearance of a 100-foot high chariot with immense wheels and horses, which are all carved from stone to migrant the Konark  Temple. The temple has a large shikhara tower over the sanctuary build nearly miserable. Over the vast time, the rose is much higher than the mandapa(mandapa in southern)that remains. The structures of the temple and elements that have survived for several years are famed for their artwork, iconic view, and themes to admire, including kama and Mithuna scenes to emerge. The Temple is Also called the Surya Devalayam. It a well known classic illustration of the state Odisha, determined as Odisha style of Hindu temple architecture built.

Konark sun temple

History

The Sun Temple was built in the 13th century by King Narasimha Deva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty (whose great grandfather restored the Jagannath Temple in Puri) towards the end of the temple-building phase of Odisha. Dedicated to Surya the Sun God, it was created as his gigantic celestial chariot with twelve pairs of wheels driven by seven horses (sadly, there remains only one horse).

It is believed that the temple celebrates the Ganga Dynasty’s glory and the king’s triumph over Bengal’s Muslim rulers. This is illustrated by his numerous sculptures portraying war scenes and the actions of the emperor.

Nevertheless, how the temple was constructed remained a mystery until the 1960s when an old manuscript of palm-leaf was found. The comprehensive set of 73 leaves chronicled the preparation of the temple and 12 years of building (from 1246 to 1258). The data is recorded in a book published in 1972 by Alice Boner, S. R. Sarma, and R called New Light on Konarka’s Sun Temple. P. Das.

Every day timings for Konark Sun Temple:-

Opening Time will be 10:00 AM and the Closing Time will be 05:00 PM.
Konark Sun Temple will be closed every  Friday and  Saturday and will not be closed on public holidays.
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Entrance Fees for entering   Konark Sun Temple:-

The Entry fee for the darshan is Rs. 10 per head for Indian citizens and visitors from all over the countries. Entry fees for others are US$ 5 or INR 250 per head. And for the children, the fee is free up to 15 years.

How to reach Konark Sun Temple?

Konark Sun Temple is located in the town of Konark, in Odisha’s Puri district. It is about 60 km from Bhubaneswar, the capital, and 35 km from Puri. Konark is a popular tourist destination due to the Sun Temple and is therefore well connected by trains, buses, and taxis to Puri and Bhubaneswar. Nonetheless, the easiest way to get to Konark is to rent a Puri car.

By Bus

The Sun Temple is 6 minutes away from the Konark Bus Stand. You can get to Konark in an hour by boarding a bus from Puri. Bus services from Puri to Konark are operated by OSRTC and private operators.

By Train

Puri Railway Station is Konark Temple’s nearest railway station. Konark is 30 km away. You can book Puri trains from Bhubaneswar and take a taxi to get to the temple.

By Air

Bhubaneswar Airport or Biju Patnaik International Airport is about 65 km from the Konark Sun Temple and about an hour’s drive away. To get to Konark from the airport, you can easily get taxis on hire.

Temple Timings
Monday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm