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Temples

Konark Sun Temple

Odisha, Puri

Situated at Konark, Odisha, Konark Sun Temple is an ancient and famous Sun temple in India. It is believed that the King Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty built the temple in 1255 AD. The temple is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Legend

There are various myths centering the temple of Sun God. According to the legend, once Samya, son of Lord Sri Krishna was cursed by Saint Narad with leprosy for some reason but when Narad understood that Samyawas innocent, Narad asked Samya to visit a nearby forest and pray to the Sun God. After 12 years, the Sun God became satisfied with his prayers and appeared before him. On the next morning when Samya went to the Chandrabhaga river to bath, h...View more

Architecture

The eminent Kalinga architecture is found at its finest forms in the Konark Temple of Odisha. Though, most of the temple fell because of various reasons anticipated such as foreign invasions, wrong engineering and of age. The main sanctum sanctorum, popularly known as the Vimana in the Kalinga art is around 70 meters.  The audience hall or the Jagamohana is around 30 meters tall and this is the only section that still lies in the reminiscenc...View more

Darsan Info

Timings : Open for visitors from 6.00 AM to 8.00 PM. Indians are charged with Rs 10 per head while the foreign visitors are charged with $2 per head as entry fee to the Konark Temple.

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Darsan Dresscode

There is no dresscode to enter the Sun Temple of Konark.

Culture

The rich culture of Puri reflects the true spirit of the Odisha Society. Puri, the temple town of the state is the pious place where the Jagannath cult and the different other Indian cults, especially Vaishnavism are synthesizing. Besides the strong religious aspects, the temples of Puri are the assets of India that tells us the long lost century old stories. Pilgrims from other states and abroad visit the Shreekhetra all throughout the year and especially during the Ratha Yatra festival, Nabakalebar (executed in every 12 years), Chandana Snana and for different other religious zests.

The second most striking thing of their culture to witness is the enriched art. The art and crafts of Puri district is simply breathtaking. Catching a glimpse of the handloom silk and cotton sarees to the pipli handicrafts can be an enticing exploration.

When it comes to performing art, Odisha has set its benchmark with the famous Odissi dance.  The gala dance celebration at the Sun Temple of Konark is worth mentioning in this regard. Every year the Konark Dance Festival is attended by many dance lovers across the country and the world to witness the hallmark performing art at the awe-inspiring shrine.

Location and Contact

Konark, Odisha

+91 6758236821

The Surya or Sun Temple of Konark is well connected via roadways. From Puri, the devotees can opt for conducted sightseeing tours that include Konark Temple. Otherwise, many private mode of conveyance are available from all important cities and places in Odisha to reach the century-old historic temple dedicated to the Sun God of the Hindus.

Additional Info

  1. Lotus Resort, Surya Inn, Yatri Niwas run by the Odisha Govt, Niribili Heritage Hotel, Basu Hotel
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  3. Urban Hata Konark-0.4 km, Konark New Market-0.7 km, Konark Market-0.8 km,, Junai Market-2.4 km
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Temple Rituals

This is only an historical site to visit.

Regular Offerings

This is only an historical site to visit.

Special Rituals

Konark Dance Destival

Famous Festival

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