Conceived in the 13th century under the reign of King Narasimhadeva, the temple is designed in the form of a chariot with huge sculpted wheels that have become an integral part of ethnic jewelry, art and crafts of Odisha. This chariot of Surya, the Sun God, driven by seven horses is a striking example of Aryan influences on Odisha’s architecture and lifestyle. Built over 12 years on golden sand beach, the sea is removed from this once shore temple by 2 km. You must also visit the surviving temples and the dancing hall in the temple complex that was known as the ‘black pagoda’ on your tour of temples in India.
The temple is famous for its erotic sculptures, which can be found primarily on the second level of the porch structure. It will become immediately apparent upon viewing them that the frank nature of their content is combined with an overwhelming tenderness and lyrical movement. This same kindly and indulgent view of life extends to almost all the other sculptures at Konark, where the thousands of human, animal, and divine personages are shown engaged in the full range of the ‘carnival of life’ with an overwhelming sense of appealing realism. It is admittedly the best in Odisha. Its fine traceries and scrollwork, as well as the beautiful and natural cut of animal and human figures, give it a superiority over other temples.
How To Reach Konark
This prominent tourist destination of East India, Konark is well linked to all the major parts of the country by air, rail as well as road.
Reach Konark by Air – The Bhubaneswar airport is the most expedient point for entering the city with a number of flights connecting Konark with Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Chennai plying on a regular basis.
Reach by Rail / Train – Located in the twin cities of Puri and Bhubaneswar, the railway stations at Konark is well linked with almost all the major destinations in India by regular trains.
Reaching Konark by Road – An extensive road network of within Konark, connects it well to the rest of the country via National highways and State highways linking it with Puri, Bhubaneswar and other cities in Odisha (Orissa) and its neighboring states.