Konark Sun Temple India Website
Welcome to Konark Sun Temple India website - www.konarksuntempleindia.com. The Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa India is one of the most stunning historic monuments of religious architecture in the world. Also known as Arka-Tirtha (Surya Temple), Konark Sun Temple India is a 13th century Hindu temple built by the King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. Konark Temple is designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twenty four wheels, carrying the Sun God, Lord Surya. A masterpiece of Orissa's medieval architecture, the Sun temple was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984.
Konark is located about 65 km from Bhubaneswar and 35 km from Puri. An ideal place for tourists, Konark forms one of the three points of the “Golden Triangle of Tourism" in the State of Orissa. The other two are Bhubaneswar - the city of Temples and Puri - the abode of Lord Jagannath. This temple chariot of the Sun God which stands majestically on the sands of Bay of Bengal is a symbol of Orissa's great architectural craftsmanship. “Kona” literally means “corner” and “Arka” means “the Sun”. The temple was called as “The Black Pagoda” by European sailors who used it as a navigational landmark to Orissa.
Famous Indian poet and Nobel Prize laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote of Konark as "Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man."