Sun Temple - Dedicated to Lord Surya
Medieval architecture and a UNESCO world heritage site
Sun temple is situated in Konark, Orissa, India on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. It was built in the 13th century by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty and is dedicated to Sun God, Lord Surya.
Sun temple is one of the most famous temples of India which attracts thousands of tourists every day. The temple was also declared as the UNESCO world heritage site in the year 1984.
The sun temple is a masterpiece of the medieval architecture. It is designed in the form of a huge chariot with 12 pairs of stone-carved wheels, each about 10 feet in diameter and a team of seven galloping horses, carrying the sun God, Surya. The seven horses represent the 7 days of the week, and the 12 pair of wheels represent the 12 months of the year. Two lions guard the entrance, which are each shown crushing the elephants. A flight of steps lead to the main entrance. The temple complex also contains erotic sculptures.
Best Time to visit Sun Temple
The Sun Temple is open on all days from sunrise to sunset. However, the best season to visit is from November to February.
How to reach Sun Temple
The nearest railway station is at Puri which is 31 kms away from Konark; and the nearest airport is at Bhubaneswar, which is just 64 kms away from Konark.
To see other famous Indian Pilgrimages and Temples, check out: Famous Temples in India.