Konark is a small town in Puri district
of the state of Orissa, India, on the Bay of Bengal, sixty-five
kilometres from Bhubaneswar famous for its 13th century Sun Temple and
the Chandrabhaga River.
Konark is also known as Konaditya. The
name 'Konark' is derived from the words Kona - Corner and Arka - Corners
of Sun; it is situated on the north-east of Puri or the Chakrakshetra.
The Sun Temple of Konark, often called as the Black Pagoda, was
constructed in the mid thirteenth century by Raja Narasinghs Deva-I of
the Ganga Dynasty is an ample testament to the artistic glory of the
It is often considered the best among other temples of its kind and that
is saying something when you are talking about the golden triangle of
Orissa which boasts of Sri Jagannath Temple and Lingaraj Temple of Puri
The Sun temple is one of the most
famous temple in Konark. It is said that the temple was not completed as
conceived because the foundation was not strong enough to bear the
weight of the heavy dome. As stated in the various stories regarding the
temple as well as its construction, the temple possess a huge aura of
power. It is believed that this enormous power comes from the two
powerful magnets. It is stated that these magnets are used in the
construction of the tower. The magnet made the throne of king to hover
in the middle of the air. The Sun Temple is the culmination of Orissan
temple architecture and one of the most stunning monuments of religious
architecture in the world. The massive structure, now in ruins, sits in
solitary splendour surrounded by drifting sand. Today it is located two
kilometers from the sea, but originally the ocean came almost up to its
base. Until fairly recent times, in fact, the temple was close enough to
the shore to be used as a navigational point by European sailors, who
referred to it as the 'Black Pagoda'.
Hotels and place to stay in Konark.
|Panthanivas : OTDC,
Konark Dist: Puri, 236831. checkin: 12:00 P.M.; checkout: 11:00
A.M.. Its a nice place to Stay in Konark. INR 300 - 500.
Yatrinivas, P.O.-Konark, 236820. checkin: 12:00 P.M.;
checkout: 11:00 A.M.. INR 650 - 1500.
Labanya Lodge : Konark, 06758-236430. INR 75 - 300.
Banita Lodge : Konark, 06758-236491. checkin: 12:00 P.M.;
checkout: 11.00 A.M.. INR 100 - 300 (Only lodging).
Tarini Lodge : Konark, 06758 -236857. checkin: 12:00 P.M.;
checkout: 11:00 A.M.. INR 150 - 300 (Only lodging).
Konark Lodge : Konark, 06758-236502. checkin: 12:00 P.M.;
checkout: 11:00 A.M.. INR 100.00 (Only lodging).
Royal Lodge : Konark, 06758-236818. checkin: 12:00 P.M.;
checkout: 11:00 A.M.. INR 75 - 150 (Only lodging).
Sun Villa Konark : Konark, 06758-236821. checkin: 12:00
P.M.; checkout: 11:00 A.M.. INR 200 - 250.