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Temple [+] Get in By air By train By road Get around [+] See Konark Sun Temple Key attractions in Konark Temple Other attractions Concerns over the Safety [+] Do Chandrabhaga Mela Konark Dance Festival Buy Eat Sleep Useful Information Get out Konark (Odia: 6କଣାରà​କ)(Sanskrit: कोनाक​ ) is a small town in Puri district of the state of Odisha (formerly Orissa), India, on the Bay of Bengal, sixty-five kilometres from Bhubaneswar famous for its 13th century Sun Temple and the Chandrabhaga River. Understand Konark is also known as Konaditya. The name 'Konark' is derived from the words Kona - Corner and Arka - Corners of Sun; it is situated on the north-east of Puri or the Chakrakshetra. The Sun Temple of Konark, often called as the Black Pagoda, was constructed in the mid thirteenth century by Raja Narasinghs Deva-I of the Ganga Dynasty is an ample testament to the artistic glory of the time. It is often considered the best among other temples of its kind and that is saying something when you are talking about the golden triangle of Odisha which boasts of Sri Jagannath Temple and Lingaraj Temple of Puri and Bhubaneswar. Legend of Konark Temple GoIbibo™ Official Website Flat Rs 600 Off on Domestic Flights Limited Time Offer. Hurry Book Now! goibibo. com/ Cheapest-FlightTickets Ads by Google Get a Free Travel Guide Download a free Top 10 South Get a Free Travel Guide Download a free Top 10 South America Tours Guide!

vessels passing through the Konark sea were drawn to it. To save their shipping. Australia Perfect beach Lodgings in Cairns AU www. the Portuguese voyagers took away the lodestone.com Reliance Travel Insurance Instant Issuance in 3 Easy Steps. travel/ -Free-Guide Great Barrier Reef Resort Luxury rainforest resort.org/en/Konark 1 of 11 7/18/2013 10:25 PM Partial view of Konarak Sun Temple in Odisha.Wikitravel http://wikitravel. Buy Online! www. the king of Krishna and Jambavati entered the bathing chamber of Krishna's wifes. The magnet made the throne of king to hover in the middle of the air.www. and was cursed by Krishna with leprosy. But . and the iron columns used to hold them walls together. It is believed that this enormous power comes from the two powerful magnets. SouthAmerica. Due to its magnetic effects. RelianceGeneral. SouthAmerica. it/ Get a Free Travel Guide Download a free Top 10 South America Tours Guide! www. of the temple wall in balance. co. resulting in heavy damage. As stated in the various stories regarding the temple as well as its construction. the temple walls lost their balance and eventually fell down. Other legends state that magnetic effects of the lodestone disturbed ships' compasses so that they did not function correctly. India Legend has it that Samba. travel/ -Free-Guide Ads by Google Konark travel guide . It was decreed that he would be relieved of the curse by worshipping the Sun god on the sea coast North East of Puri. the temple possess a huge aura of power. Coverage upto 365 Days. which was acting as the central stone and keeping all the stones.kewarra. It is stated that these magnets are used in the construction of the tower. Due to its displacement. in/ Travel Florence Hotel for family 3 star hotel in Florence center a few steps from Florence Dome www. hotellagioconda. It is said that the temple was not completed as conceived because the foundation was not strong enough to bear the weight of the heavy dome.

By air The adjacent airport is at Bhubaneswar. now in ruins. sits in solitary splendour surrounded by drifting sand. To reach Konark from Bhubaneswar. Coverage upto 365 Days. in/ Travel Great Barrier Reef Resort Luxury rainforest resort. The convenient way to get to Konark is drive either from Puri (33km) or Bhubaneswar (65km). and Nagpur and operates several direct flights. Until fairly recent times. after traveling 20km take a left turn once you reach . Buy Online! www. nor is there any record of the existence of such a powerful lodestone at Konark. especially for those who are traveling from eastern or southern part America Tours Guide! www. These stations are linked with almost all the major destinations in India by train.com Florence Hotel for family 3 star hotel in Florence center a few steps from Florence Dome www. The best time to visit Konark is from October to March. which is about 64 km away. By train The railway stations nearest to Konark are located in the twin cities of Puri and Bhubaneswar.there is no record of this occurrence in any historical records. hotellagioconda.org/en/Konark 2 of 11 7/18/2013 10:25 PM of India.kewarra. The Konark Sun Temple belongs to the Central Indian style of Temple architecture.Wikitravel http://wikitravel. It is linked with Kolkata. Bangalore. travel/ -Free-Guide Reliance Travel Insurance Instant Issuance in 3 Easy Steps. it/ Konark travel guide . It is very famous tourist destination. who referred to it as the 'Black Pagoda'. Chennai. Hyderabad. RelianceGeneral. Architecture of Konark Temple The Sun Temple is the culmination of Odishan temple architecture and one of the most stunning monuments of religious architecture in the world. Delhi. Australia Perfect beach Lodgings in Cairns AU www. Get in Konark is one of the most prominent cities of Odisha. Today it is located two kilometers from the sea. though it does not have tall shikharas of the later temples of Odisha and Central India. the temple was close enough to the shore to be used as a navigational point by European sailors. in fact. but originally the ocean came almost up to its base. SouthAmerica. By road The National and State Highways link Konark with Puri and Bhubaneswar forming a virtual triangle popularly known as Golden Triangle of East. The massive structure. co.

you can take an auto-rickshaw for Rs. many of them highly erotic. The road straight ahead leads to Puri.Wikitravel http://wikitravel. Get around Auto rickshaws. his place being inside the garbhagriha. including waiting time.round trip. Surya. Official guided tours leave from the Panthaniwas (Odisha Tourism) in Bhubaneswar (Tues-Sun 6:30-6:30. Konark Sun Temple Konark travel guide . The temple is situated in the Konark village to the north of Puri in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal. State buses are also available to Konark from Bhubaneswar's Bus Stand.Pipli village. the temple is under ruin due to heavy erosion its magnificience is still reflected in its architects. 130/. Surya has been a popular deity in India since the Vedic period. The entire temple was planned in such a way that it is fitted with twelve pairs of exquisitely decorated stone wheels. The entire temple was designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with 24 wheels about three meters high and pulled by seven horses. The major entrance in the temple is place on the east side and it faces the sea. It has extensive stone carvings on the walls.m. which is 33km down the coast. taxis and cycle rickshaws are there for roaming around in the city. The sculptures of dancers as well as . Alternatively.per person) and also visit Dhauli. There are regular buses and jeeps to Konark from Puri. Travel by bus is however cheaper compared to renting a car. Vani Vihar and Kalpana Chhak. Rs. 250-300/. The horses were conceived in such a way that the Sun God (Surya) himself drives this chariot. across the heavens. There are good number of transport buses as well as private coaches plying from both the cities. Though. Hiring a taxi is the best way of travel between Puri and Konark. The Temple compound measures 857 ft (261 m) by 540 ft (160 m) The alignment of the Sun Temple is on the east-west direction. State bus services are poor and often uncomfortable while traveling unless you are on a budget.org/en/Konark 3 of 11 7/18/2013 10:25 PM View of the Jagamohan and the ruined shikhara of the Surya Temple at Konark The Sun Temple UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 13th centuru in the honor of the sun-god Surya is currently under ruins. carrying the sun god. See The main attraction of the place is the Konark Sun Temple decalred as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1984. This entrance is located in the façade of bhogamandapa which is also known as the Hall of Offerings. The journey takes about an hour and the last bus back to Puri leaves from 6:30 a.

with outward faces. is decorated with Gajasimha (Lion upon an elephant) images. The nata mandir in front of the Jagamohana is exquisitely carved with the images of dancers.musicians is engraved on the walls of this hall. Apart from the depiction of the stone wheels and the caparisoned horses drawing the colossal chariot of Sun God. mostly of erotic nature. The thicker ones are all carved with circular medallions at their centres on the widest part of the face. This impressive construction is believed to have a pyramidical roof commonly known as jaganmohan. Key attractions in Konark Temple The Konarak temple also marks the culmination of the temple building architecture in Odisha. The interior of the terrace is now-a-days barren up. On the western side of the temple lies the sanctuary tower which are now nothing but just a clutter of various sandstone slabs which are kept one over another. or Wheel of Sun.73 metres) feet and each of them has a set eight equal parts. flora and foliage. preservation and achievement of realisation. It is supposed to be the most beautiful work of art present in Konark. installed on two high stone-benches on either side of the passage. The statutes are either of dancers or the musicians. whereas the medallions in the spokes are carved with the figures of women in various luxurious poses. The temple is not different from those of other regions. They are elaborately carved all over. The diameter of each of the wheels is about nine(2. the Konarak Temple is a typical example of the Odishan temple architecture. The axels of the wheels project by about one foot from the surface. and creatively . The platform at the base also has a sculpture of Lord Shiva as Nataraja and performing the dance. The stairs that takes you up towards the Statute of Surya is located beyond the terrace. having similar decorations at their ends. However. The roof of jagamohana has a roof that has around 3 tiers and many statutes are placed over them. The statute of the Sun god is carved out a huge green colored chlorite stone. It is an intricate representation of the Dharmachakra. the entrance door to the Jaganmohan is currently closed due to rapid fall of debris and stones from the ceiling. hence the hall was later used for the traditional dance recital. The wheels of the chariot are also symbolic and have been interpreted as the 'Wheel of Life'.Wikitravel http://wikitravel.org/en/Konark 4 of 11 7/18/2013 10:25 PM This picture is not of a sundial. Konark The eastern gateway which is the main entrance to the temple compound. Konark travel guide . The rims are carved with designs of foliages with various birds and animals. They portray the cycle of creation. men in armor.

He .00 A. It has been surmised by some that this was the temple of Mayadevi. built in the form of a chariot during the age of Kulottunga Chola I (1075-1120).org/en/Konark 5 of 11 7/18/2013 10:25 PM Ramchandi Folk Tales There are a number of popular stories involving Ramachandi as the chief goddess of the Konark kshetra and most probably Ramachandi was the presiding deity of this temple. and is still in a well preserved state.] There is a small museum outside the temple compound run by Archaelogical Survey of India. It remains open from 9. to 5. if Konark travel guide . The goddess Ramachandi dressed as a Maluni (maid servant) told Kalapahad to wait at the door till she returned with water for the goddess. There is also a popular story about why Ramachandi left Konark after the Muslim Suleman Kalapahad destroyed the Sun temple. To the south west of the Sun temple there is the temple of Goddess Ramachandi. facing each direction to catch the rays of the sun at dawn. Kalapahad waited anxiously to get some cold water for a long time.00 P. were found amidst the confused mass of debris.M. Kalapahad came to Ramachandi's temple in the back side of the Sun temple in south estern corner.eroticism. of Saturday to Thursday.Wikitravel http://wikitravel. Friday is closed. Entry is free of cost. But when it was too late he entered into the temple and found the throne empty.M. It is stated that after destroying the Sun temple. However. Then he followed the Maluni with great anger thinking that the Maluni carried away the goddess. wife of Surya (Sun god) while others opine that it was the earlier Sun temple in which Sun was being worshipped. which stores the sculpture from the temple ruins. The figures of elephants which had originally stood on the side walls of the flights of steps at the northern and southen sides of the Jagamohana. The Melakkadambur Shiva temple. Other attractions Though the Konark temple is the key tourist attraction in the area. difference of opinion about the presiding deity of this temple. however. There are three images of the Sun God (earlier four) at the top. [Note: Kulottunga Chola is also credited with having built the Suryanaar temple near Kumbhakonam. noon and sunset. There are. is the earliest of this kind.

reached the bank of the river Kushabhadra and found the goddess Ramachandi floating in the middle of the river. The river was as in full spate. Chandrabhaga is rich in its marine resources. it is one of the famous Sakta pithas of Puri. A natural deer park is recent additions to the riches of Chandrabhaga.Situated 7km enroute to Konark on the marine road from Puri. where as the figure of the western side has been displaced and is said to have been preserved in the National Museum at New Delhi. the temple of Ramachandi is not important but from the religious point of view.these destinations are either narrated by the bus operators or halted for approximately an hour during the trip.e.2 (965 cm) high. There is an anicient Matha believed to be the Ashram of Chandrabhaga's father and two small temples. If travelling by the OTDC or private tour operators . he came back without being able to cross the river. A climb to its top truely takes you to a world of utopia. Ramchandi Temple . near the sea shore which is a sandy you wish to stay in Konark for a full-day it is advisable to spend other destination spots otherwise abandoned or see few visitation. Being advised by goddess in a dream. Now one can see these side gods in north and southern side. south. On the three sides of the temple walls i. The main temple along with its Mukhasala had been built on one platform of 3'. This image is said to have some sculptural specialisation and is regarded to be one of the beautiful . a Panda (priest) built a temple on the bank of the river Kushabhadra. Chandrabhaga Sea Beach .Situated 3km east of the famous Sun temple of Konark and 30km from Puri. A light house. Ramachandi is popularly beleived the presiding deity of Konark. close by Chandrabhaga is an added histronic to the splendour of the place. west and north there were three figures of Sun god as side Gods. From the architectural point of view. The beach is often crowded by local students as a romantic escapade or families picknicking on the weekend. The sight has asthetic and importance.

The monastery.org/en/Konark 6 of 11 7/18/2013 10:25 PM deserted place. Balaram. so as per the tradition the priests of Lord Jagannath temple come to Kakatpur Mangala to pray the Goddess to help them to find the sacred wood. hands broken. The priests seelp in front of the Goddess with their face down and then Goddess Mangala come in their dream and tell the exact location of the three sacred trees for the three deities. It is a small village. This custom has been performed from years together without any deviation. site was built between 9th . The new idols are created from a sacred wood known as 'Daru Brahma' in local language. containing an exxcavated statue of Buddha seated cross legged with right hand in Bhumisparsa mudra while the left hand placed over his left knee. The Kakatpur Mangala temple has a close .Wikitravel http://wikitravel.Situated 23km from Konark.10th centuries A. tourist visiting Puri buy these products from Pipili. and Subhadra.Situated 8km the south-east of the sun temple of Konark is a popular Buddhist site. Nobody knows from where to find the sacred wood to create the new idols. now abandoned. The image also wears a beautiful crown and a beautifully carved necklace. On the main road at Pipili there are many shops selling Applique work products. the small village of Pipli has a very wide and distinctive selection of handicrafts. Kakatpur . the side-gods of this temple are of similar type in all respet with the side-Gods in the Sun temple.D.Situated 30km from Konark is a small village on the Puri-Astaranga road. Though smaller in size. Situated on the bank of river Prachi. Pipili . Goddess Mangala and Nabakalebar During the renovation of deities of Puri new idols are created for Lord Jagannath. Kuruma . Only we find today the side images of the northern side is somewhat in good condition while the image in the southern side has no head and the Konark travel guide .images of the Sun god. this temple is famous for Goddess Mangala.

The walls were shored up from the inside and the interior was filled with sand to prevent imminent collapse—such was its tenuous state. beach and scenic beauties but also for its colourful festivals. Due to its magnetic effects. resulting in heavy damage. Konark travel guide .Wikitravel http://wikitravel. vessels passing through the Konark sea were drawn to it. nor is there any record of the existence of such a powerful load stone at Konark Temple. the temple walls lost their balance and eventually fell down. Concerns over the Safety Although Archeological Survey of India (ASI) are working on the restoration of this maginificent heritage structure implemented with masterly touch illustrating diverse themes arrest the attention of the spectator yet concerns were raised by different quarters in Odisha over the deteriorating condition of the Sun temple.org/en/Konark 7 of 11 7/18/2013 10:25 PM But the Konark Surakhya Samiti (save Konark committee) said that falling down of stones from the 13th century monument had turned “into a regular feature”. The interior of the jagmohan has been sealed off ever since 1951. To save their shipping. when conservation work on the monument was seriously taken up for the first time. On September 19. This is a day specially set aside for the worship of the Sun God at Konark. Chunks of masonry have fallen off at regular intervals. an occasion for a grand congregation of Indian pilgrims and enthusiasts from abroad. Konark is the best place to enjoy serenity. Do Konark is not only an ideal choice for monument. The most popular festival of Goddess Mangala is 'Jhamu Yatra'.relation with Lord Jagannath temple of puri during the Navakalebara (Renovation of the Deities) festival. Due to its displacement. But to take a break away from the humdrum of the main city. But there is no record of this occurrence in any historical records. The "Konark Festival" held every year is a great attraction for cultural cognoscenti. falls on the seventh day of the new moon of Magha. of the temple wall in balance. which was acting as the central stone and keeping all the stones. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Konark every year to take a holy dip on . The most popular and colourful festival of Konark. Chandrabhaga Mela Chandrabhaga Mela is the most popular festival which fall in the month of February. It occurs on the first Tuesday of the Secred month Vaisakh (April 14 to May 15) every year. the Portuguese voyagers took away the load stone. and the iron columns used to hold them walls together. Legends describe load stone on the top of the Sun temple. rather than stay overnight at hotels in Konark. 1998 a two-tonne cornice stone on the northeastern side of the jagmohan fell off onto a ledge. Most tourists would find it comfortable to make a day trip to Konark from Puri or Bhubaneswar and return. Usually travellers starts from Puri and covers Bhubaneswar and Konark in a day-trip. One reason why no major steps are being taken by the ASI officials is for fear it might lead to the total collapse of the crumbling temple. Other legends state that magnetic effects of the load stone disturbed ships' compasses so that they did not function correctly.

checkout: 11:00 A.. Sleep There are few decent accommodation options in Konark and the situation is getting better with every passing day. OTDC..M. edit Konark Lodge.M.. next to Car Festival of Puri.M. Konark.M.250. Panthanivas.. edit Banita Lodge..150 (Only lodging). INR 100. checkout: 11:00 A.M. ☎ 06758-236491. checkout: 11:00 A.M.. edit Yatrinivas.org/en/Konark 8 of 11 7/18/2013 10:25 PM Konark though famous for its temples. Konark. checkout: 11. checkin: 12:00 P. Apart from relishing the local delicacies. Konark.. ☎ 236820. But there are a number of decent accomodations in Konark that rightly cater to every need of a discerning traveler.. checkout: 11:00 A.M. Konark.M.1500.300 (Only lodging). ☎ 06758-236430.M.700.-Konark.. is a fascinating shopping destination too.00 A. If you are planning to buy souvenirs then the best option would be the government emporiums which stock fabrics and handicrafts items from across the state of Odisha. ☎ 06758-236502.M. Apart of Indian cuisines. Hotels or lodges in places like Puri and Bhubaneswar offer more choices because they are considered to be more famous travel destinations.500. checkin: 12:00 P. checkout: 11:00 A.M. the prices are doubled for the products as shopkeepers are aware of the bargaining habits. ☎ 06758 -236857.. INR 200 .Wikitravel http://wikitravel. edit Sun Villa Konark. edit Labanya Lodge. The best way to enjoy shopping in Konark would be a leisurely stroll through the markets of the city of Konark. checkin: 12:00 P. edit Royal Lodge.. fish fry prepared in Bengali-style is highly suggested. edit Tarini Lodge. Konark Dance Festival Another colourful festival is the Konark Dance Festival considered as the cultural mecca where eminent classical dancers and singers across the country participates to perform before the live audience in an open-air auditorium set on the backdrop of Konark Temple. checkin: 12:00 P. Konark. INR 200 . Its a nice place to Stay in Konark. INR 100 . checkin: 12:00 P. checkout: 11:00 A. INR 300 .300 (Only lodging). you need to bargain with the shopkeepers.. preservation and continuation of unique temple dance tradition of Odisha. The festival has assumed a kind of distinctive significance and importance for the timely efforts it has made to wards the revival.the Chandrabhaga River and then circumbulates the shrine or jagamohan to worship the Navagraha stone which originally was above the eastern portal and is now set up in a small shed outside the compound. Konark Dist: Puri. This is the most popular and colourful festival of the place when hundreds of thousands of pilgrims visit Konark to observe the festival. Local marketers or shops sells seashells and conches which are good and cheap souveniors to carry back home however. P. checkin: 12:00 P. In fact this is the second biggest festival in Odisha. edit . Konark.M. INR 650 . INR 150 . Check out the Patta paintings and the appliqué work of Pipli or the brilliantly embroidered umbrellas that makes a fascinating buy. Normally..O.M. near the beach and temple complex has numbers of local dhabas (food-joints) serving vegeterian and non-vegeterians food. INR 75 . Eat The main market area.M. continental and chinese dishes are also available at an affordable rate. ☎ 06758-236821. checkin: 12:00 P.. ☎ 06758-236818.00 (Only lodging). ☎ 236831. Buy Konark travel guide .

see each image for details.Located 65km.Wikitravel http://wikitravel.org/en/Konark 9 of 11 7/18/2013 10:25 PM temperature. and asia's biggest zoo.Located 35km the brackish water lagoon is the world's second largest. Rourkela . Chilika . a seaport which accepts sea traffic via man made lagoons.Located 285km is surrounded by a range of hills and encircled by rivers.com/sun-temple-a-tribute-to-the-sun Category: Usable articles This page was last modified on 5 December 2012. An adventurous person could use this article. buddhist caves of monolithic age. images are available under various licenses. People are hospitable in nature and Hindi and Bengali are understood and some times spoken by the people. Photography is free however visitors need to pay extra for videography.Wikitravel http://wikitravel. but please plunge forward and help it grow! http://www. Puri . Get out Bhubaneswar . besides Oriya. at 03:28. Konark for better information.Useful Information The entire territory lies in the Topical zone and hence is subject to high Konark travel guide . The place is also famous among the newly weds and retirees for its roaring beaches.Located 68km is a commercial center and host to many ancient temples and excavations sites.indiahistoricalplaces. is one of the oldest cities in the eastern part of the country and a religious hub who visit the Jaggannath temple. Konark travel guide . Terminal guides are available.0. English is generally understood however not spoken frequently. Cuttack . This is a usable article.Located 30km. Text is available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.Wikitravel http://wikitravel.org/en/Konark 10 of 11 7/18/2013 10:25 PM Privacy policy About Wikitravel Terms of use Konark travel guide . Gopalpur-on-Sea . When entering the temples visitors are required to cover their heads and leave their shoes to one of the shoe-stalls. However tourists may take the assistance of the Tourist Officer. the ancient city has a long history of 3000 years and popular travel hub especially for its temples.Located 85km is a town. It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. The lake is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals. Paradip .Located 180km is a very quiet and one of the most pristine beaches and currently favorite among the sea-goers.org/en/Konark 11 of 11 7/18/2013 10:25 PM . It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. Quite an industrial area.

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