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Sun Temple, Konârak

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In its original glory, the Konârak Sun Temple was a 235-foot Chariot of the Sun, a monument to the Sun God, Surya, and the definitive Orissan architectural masterpiece. It has 24 massive stone wheels which tower over its tiny mortal visitors, and even they appear small in comparison to the temple itself, which has a great, yawning doorway and a monstrously huge, carved black pagoda roof. Its position was calculated carefully to ensure that the sun’s rays would illuminate Surya’s image during every equinox, though the idol itself is said to have been stolen long ago.

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“Konârak Sun Temple”

'On the shores of the Bay of Bengal, bathed in the rays of the rising sun, the temple at Konarak is a monumental representation of the sun god Surya's chariot; its 24 wheels are decorated with symbolic designs and it is led by a team of six horses. Buil… Read more...

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