The Sun Temple of Konark is located, in the state of Orissa quite close to Puri. This temple is built in honor of the sun God, Surya. An architectural masterpiece of the medieval era, the site has been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
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What to see in Konarak
The Sun Temple of Konark, with its huge chariots & wheels of the chariot are all embodied with the finest detailed architecture & fine sculpture. Visitors are enthralled by the sun dial, that was conceptualized so many years ago & the play of light of the sun on the stone figures which change their facial expressions according to the time of the day.
The wheels of the sun dial with sixteen spokes, the horse drawn chariots, the dancing figures, and imagery of musicians, and lovers all celebrating the glory of the sun is indeed a must see.
One can also admire the several large images which are kept in the niche of the outer temple wall.
Festivals at Konarak
The Magha Saptami mela occurs in the month of February, and is celebrated grandly. Devotees take a dip in the pool, because of its curative powers. This is followed by the puja of the Navagraha.
The Konark dance festival, is another important occasion that is held in an open air auditorium in the Sun Temple, this is held in the first week of December.
The most famous classical dancers of India perform here.
Best Time to Visit Konarak is from November to February.
By Air - Nearest air port is Bhubaneswar. All major carriers hoperate flights here.
By ail - The best possible rail connection is from Puri and Bhubaneswar.
By Road - Orissa State Road Transport Corporation plies Government and private buses throughout the state. There are deluxe coach services from Vishakhapatnam, Calcutta and Bijapur,.
Stay in Konarak
Government approved accommodations are Travellers Lodge, Panthanivas, Inspection Bungalow and Yatri Nivas. Most people prefer going back to Puri after spending the day here.