Konark Sun Temple| Places To Visit In Konark| Konark Tourism
Konark Temple is the most exciting tourist attractions in Orissa. Here the most beautiful thing is sun rays, each and every visitor must see the rays of the sun in the morning, afternoon and evening from three different sides of the temple. This marvels architecture makes the visitors raise their eyebrows while watching it. The Konark Dance Festival which drags the attention of all tourists every year. The fame poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote about greatness and importance of Konark: “here the language of stone surpasses the language of man.”
Around the facade of the temple, there is foliage, Warriors of horses, image of animals and other eyes catching structure. On the walls and roof of the temple, beautiful erotic figures are carved. I sure, that Visitors get soul satisfaction of entering into the temple. Along with sun Temple, visitors can visit Mayadevi Temple, Vaishanavi Temple, Museum and exotic beach which are very near to the Sun Temple.
History Of Konark Temple:
Konark Sun Temple is the oldest historical sun temple at Konark located at the east coast of Odisha, India. This Temple is built in the 13th century by a King called Narasimhadeva. This is the temple prays and worshiped Lord Surya(Sun). The word ‘Konark’ is a combination of two words ‘Kona’ and ‘Arka’. ‘Kona’ means ‘Corner’ and ‘Arka’ means ‘Sun’, so when combines it becomes ‘Sun of the Corner’. Konark is also known as Arka khetra. The Temple is made up of Black granite and black pagoda. Its construction took a long time span of 16 years. But the artisans, however, failed to mount the crown stone, the Kalash, on the temple Top.
According to the story, the king had decreed that death penalty would befall the artisans if they fail to complete the temple. Then one artisan’s son named Dharmapad, a twelve-years-old was given an amazing idea to place the Kalash in. Finally, it places, later artisans criticised the Dharmapad that it was not his idea and become the main culprits of Dharmapad death. Konark Temple was designed in the form of the chariot which has 24 wheels, each about 10 feet in diameter, and is shown as pulled by the seven horses.
In this connection, there is an interesting about Samba, the son of Sri Krishna, incurred the displeasure of Narada. Who revenged himself by getting Samba afflicted with leprosy. Ultimately, when Samba, was found innocent, he was advised to practice penance in the Maitreyi forest for 12 years, to please Surya(Sun God) to cure him of his disease.
The Sun Temple of Konark has been declared a world heritage site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) in 1984.
Best Time To Visit Konark:
Being a coastal destination, whether of the Konark is very pleasant in winter. This is the most advisable time for a trip to Konark is (October – March). Moreover, better to avoid the Konark trip during summer and monsoon season.
Opening Hours for Kornak Temple:
All days of Week
6:00 Am To 9:00 PM
Entrance Fee of Kornak Temple:
Indian Have to Pay 10 Rupees per head.
Foreigners Have to pay 5.00USD per head
Free Entry for below 18 yrs.
How To Reach Konark Temple:
Before reaching Konark Temple Tourist have to access Bhubaneswar which is very close to the Konark. Visitors can catch the direct flight to Bhubaneswar from major points like Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Nagpur. The two nearest railway stations are Puri, about 33 km away, and Bhubaneswar. State buses, tourist buses, taxis, private coaches and hired cars are easily available to reach Konark. Kalpana Chhak and Vani Vihar are the two special bus in Bhubaneswar to transport the Konark Pilgrims. The popular Golden Triangle of The East, a virtual triangle formed by the National and State Highways, links Puri and Bhubaneswar with Konark.