An Architecture Marvel of Eastern India: Konark

The town, Konark is located near the Bay of Bengal and is known for its various ancient temples and monuments.  Konark houses a monstrous temple dedicated to the Sun God.

The Sun temple, the beach, the rich culture make Konark one of the most popular tourist place in Odisha. It is full of natural beauty. The beauty of Konark temple is crafted in stone. According to history King Narasimhadeva used to worship the Sun, the temple was considered as a chariot for the Sun God. The temple was also called the Black Pagoda by the European sailors. The temple was built at the mouth of river Chandrabhaga. Konark temple is world famous for its realistic art.

The monuments of Konark are also famous for their religious significance. Konark is famous for Sun temple. Among the five great religious zones or Kshetra which were located in Odisha (Orissa), Konark was considered to be one, the other four being Puri, Bhubaneswar, Mahavinayak, and Jajpur.

Shrines to explore near Konark

Sun Temple is counted among 7 wonders of India. The temple is located near the river Chandrabhaga. The temple was built in the shape of chariot.

Archaeological Site Museum is located little away from the main sun temple in north direction. The museum has four galleries displaying 260 various antiquities.

Ramchandi Temple is situated at the bank of river Kushabhadra which flows into the Bay of Bengal. This is a good picnic spot.

Kuruma is a famous buddhist site is located 8k.m away from the Sun temple.

Astranga is located at a distance of 19km from Konark. It is a famous picnic spot and fishing village near Konark. This place is the center place for salt production in Konark.

Vishnu Temple a broken temple, located behind the Ramachandi temple. This temple is also known as brick temple.

Konark Matha located near the sun temple. No deity is worshipped here. The concept of the Math is based on the Sunya Sadhana or the contemplation of the Eternal void.

Other Place of Attraction to Visit Near to Konark

Jagannath Temple of Puri is dedicated to Lord Jagannath. . It is one of the char dham pilgrimage site for Hindus.

Chilika Lake: Queen of natural beauty, Chilika Lake is a brackish water lagoon in Odisha. Chilika Lake is Asia’s largest salted water lake located in Orissa, India and also known as Chilika Lake Bird Sanctuary.

Pipili: Pipili is well known for the appliqué handicraft. This handicraft is the livelihood of maximum family in Pipili.

How to reach?

By flight– The nearest airport is Bhubaneswar, about 60 km away from where one can get taxis, trains and buses to reach at Konark.

By train– The nearest railway stations is at Puri railway station.

By road– There are regular buses and Jeeps to Konark from Puri.

Best Time to visit Konark

The best time to visit Konark is from month of October to March.