Konark is a medium town in the Puri district in the state of Odisha, India. It lies on the coast by the Bay of Bengal, 65 kilometers from the capital of the state, Bhubaneswar. It is the site of the 13th-century Sun Temple, also known as the Black Pagoda, built in black granite during the reign of Narasimhadeva-I. The temple is a World Heritage Site. The temple is now mostly in ruins, and a collection of its sculptures is housed in the Sun Temple Museum, which is run by the Archaeological Survey of India.
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The 13th century temple, also known as the Black Pagoda, is a monumental Hindu structure dedicated to the sun God or Surya.
The Sun Temple at Konark is situated around 35 kilometers from Puri and the two places are connected via the picturesque Puri Konark Marine Drive. The drive from Puri to Konark is a delightful experience, with the trees forming a stunning canopy during most of the journey.
On reaching the Konark Sun Temple, it is difficult not to be mesmerized by the massive stone structure with its spectacular intricate carvings depicting various themes and stories. The detailed carvings on the famous chariot wheels left me awestruck about the expertise that went into achieving the artistic finesse during the bygone era.
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Got to visit this beach during Dec'17, while travelling to Puri from Konark. It's a quiet beach closer to Chandrabagha beach. The confluence of River Kushabhadra and the Bay of Bengal near Ramchandi beach is attractive. Had nice view at the beach
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On 22nd Dec'17, got to visit Ramchandi temple at Odisha along with parents. Ramchandi temple was located on the mouth of Kushabhadra river. The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Ramchandi. The legend behind the construction of temple says that Kalapahada vowed to destroy all the temples of Hindu worship during 17th century. After destroying the Sun temple, he moved ahead to destroy Ramachandi temple.
To protect the temple, Goddess Ramachandi dressed as a maid servant and asked Kalapahada to wait at the door till she brings water from the river for the Goddess. After a long wait, Kalapahada entered the temple and found the throne empty. He thought that the maid took away the deity, so he followed her in anger. On reaching the bank of the Kushabhadra River, he found Goddess Ramachandi floating in the middle of the river and returned back.
After this incidence, Goddess Ramachandi came in dream of a priest and ordered him to build a temple on the bank of the Kushabhadra River. Today, this place is now known as Ramachandi. We had great time at the temple.
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This museum is located about 10-15 minutes walk from konark sun temple. Museum is located very close to yatrinivas (otdc government hotel /restaurant ).
The museum is closed on Fridays .Entrance to museum costs rs 10 per person.
The museum is well kept and staffs are also kind enough. The museum has relics from konark sun temple . If visiting konark sun temple please do visit this museum as I found very few visitors here. The museum can be fully seen in 30 minutes or less depending on ones taste of history and relics.
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A detailed and well presented display of art replicas from the sun temple. The description about various stone figures in different postures and their meanings will leave you much enlightened to better understand the nearby sun temple architecture.
Visit the museum before you go the temple site, you may not need a guide at the site then.
The museum is closed on Fridays.
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One look at the Sun Temple of Konark or whatever left of it , your mind starts to
wonder " how grand the complete temple must have been".The enthralling remains of Konark Sun Temple is actually the Mukhshala or grand entrance to the temple proper. I visited Konark in an evening when the ageless stone beauties adorning the temple wall came down to the earth to regale us, mortals, with their entrancing dance moves. It was a fascinating evening of Konark Dance Festival.
The cool sea breeze, the appreciating crowd and the delectable dance moves of the elegant dancers made the evening magical.
Konark Dance Festival was held between 1st to 5th of December.
The International Sand Art Festival is also held at the same time at Chandrabhaga beach of Konark. Those who are interested in some serious Indian classical dance will enjoy the festival. Photographers, just keep shooting.
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Great place in Konark to visit; if the Mandap has dance festival going on. Watching a live dance performance in the open air auditorium of Konark Natya Mandap is a wonderful experience. The best time to visit this attraction is February every year.
The place lacks basic facilities such as basic toilet facilities. There's nothing to buy to eat; you need to talk to the members of Mandap for organizing special dance performance, if you are visiting on dates not falling on the dance/music festival days.
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