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Konark Sun Temple

General Knowledge | 6-13 yrs | Animation, Video

Interesting facts About Konark Sun Temple

  • The Konark Temple is the most exciting tourist attraction in Orissa. The term ‘Konark’ has been derived from ‘Kona’ and ‘Arka’ that mean ‘corner’ and ‘sun.’
  • The Konark Temple was built by King Narsingha Deva in 1250 AD to commemorate his victory over Muslims.
  • This temple is basically dedicated to Lord Surya or the Sun God.
  • The temple is made up of black granite and is also known as the ‘Black Pagoda.’
  • Its construction took a long time- a span of 16 years.
  • The Konark Sun Temple is shaped like a big chariot representing the Sun God’s chariot. It has 24 wheels and is pulled by seven horses.
  • The spokes of the wheels serve as sundials and the shadows cast by these can give the precise time of the day.
  • The Sun God’s chariot in Konark Temple actually represents the seven days of the week, and the 24 hours of the day.
  • In the temple, there are three images of the Sun God, positioned to catch the rays of the sun at dawn, noon and sunset.
  • It is said that the temple was not completed as originally planned because the foundation was not strong enough to bear the weight of the heavy dome.
  • Some people believe that the temple was built completely, but there was a huge magnet in its peak that caused ships to wreck near the seashore. That is why the dome was removed.
  • The Konark Sun Temple was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.

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