About Sun Temple of Konark

The Sun Temple of Konark, spelt by some as Konarak and sometimes called the “Black Pagoda”, in India was built in approximately 1250 AD by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.

Constructed in honour of Surya, the Hindu deity of the sun, the Sun Temple of Konark is designed as a representation of this deity’s horse-drawn chariot, complete with (originally seven) horses and giant wheels. This effect is created through the external decoration of two of the buildings of the Sun Temple of Konark - the entrance hall and the main shrine.

With numerous intricately decorated stone buildings and the magnificence of its pyramid-like entrance hall, the Sun Temple of Konark is a popular tourist attraction and has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

A visit can last around 1.5-2 hours. Keep an eye out for the erotic sculptures.

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