Konark is the third link in Odisha’s Golden triangle and is situated at a distance of about 35kms from Puri, has some of the most spectacular examples of religious architecture. The glorious 13th century Konark temple, dedicated to the Sun God has been designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Monument. This ancient stone resound with the chime of ankle bells and the beat of the mrindagam during the dance festival held here in winter. The Konark beach is an experience in itself, displaying a spectacular sunrise along an expanse of white sand.
HISTORY : The Konark temple which is the main highlight of Konark is also popularly referred as Black Pagoda by the Europeans. Historical data’s reveal that Konark belongs to the 13th century and was built by Narsinhadeva I of Ganga dynasty on his victory over the Mughals.The main characteristic feature of the temple is that it is built in such a way that the first rays of the sun always fall inside the temple. It took nearly 12 years and 1200 masons to complete construction of this temple.Konark got its name from its presiding deity Konarka where Kona means corner and Arka means sun reflecting sun around corner. However during the early 17th century the sacredness of the temple was violated by a representative of the Mughal emperor Jahangir.Though there are ruins seen here and there it still talks about the Oriyan temple architecture of intricate work. There is also a myth about this temple which states that Samba, Lord of Krishna was grievously affected by leprosy due to curse on him by his father. After 12 years of self-mortification, he was cured by Surya, the Sun God, in whose honor he built this temple.
LOCATION: Konark located in the Odisha state is concentrated more towards the eastern state at a distance of about 65 km from Bhubaneswar and 35 km from Puri.It is oriented between longitude 86.08°E and latitude 19.53°N.