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Konark

 

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 time.

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 and Bhubaneswar.

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.