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Live From Here – 2 : Sun Temple, Konark

Hello again, this is the second episode of new travel video series called Live From Here, which i launched recently. This time I come to you from a small town of Konark, situated on the east cost of India in the state of Odisha.

Konark Sun Temple

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Konark is located about 30 kilometers from the holy city of Puri in Odisha and is the home to the world-famous Sun Temple Konark, a World Heritage Site. Constructed in thirteenth Century by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty, this temple is outlined as an enormous chariot underpinned by twenty-four chariot wheels, devoted to the Sun God.

The Konark Sun Temple is built upon the Odissi style of architecture along with some African influence, however a significant part of the first structure has now fell and it survives just in parts.

There are some very interesting hypotheses about the temple, some people report that it was never finished and the development was left mid-way and later the half-done temple transformed into remains, while others are of the conclusion that it was finished in something like 12 years throughout the rule of Narasimhadeva I. There are hypotheses about its consequent fall also, the most well-known being the assault by the Muslim ruler Kalapahad in the sixteenth Century.

During one such attack, the main idol was evacuated in time and covered profound inside sand; some accept it is yet to be discovered, while others accept the Sun God idol in the National Museum of Delhi was the one which was worshiped at Konark.

Lady with mirror sun temple konark

Famous poet and Nobel winner Rabindranath Tagore wrote of Sun Temple Konark – “Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man.”… These specific stones sculptures provide for us an exceptional interpretation about the lives of individuals in those times. The figures incorporate divinities, musical artists, apsaras (divine creatures), dancers, and scenes of dignified life, running from chases, bouts and military fights to the illustrious gatherings in courthouses (Durbars). Multifaceted natural scenes portray the rich characteristic legacy at those times and geometrical ornamental outlines like the finished chakras demonstrate the building creativity of those times. Konark is not as much as a temple as it is a festival of life …

Have a look to the second episode of Live From Here from Sun Temple Konark…

 

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