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Konark Sun Temple

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  • Situated on the banks of the Bay of Bengal, the Konark Sun Temple is a huge replica of the chariot of the God “Surya”.
  • The temple is located in the Puri district of Odisha. This chariot with 12 pairs of finely ornate wheels is being pulled by seven horses.
  • It was built in the 13th century by greatKing Narasimhadeva-I of Ganga dynasty
  • The Konark Sun Temple in Odisha was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 and the Archaeological Survey of India- ASI is the patron of the temple.
  • This temple is a perfect blend of Kalinga architecture, heritage, attractive beaches and distinct natural beauty.
  • Konark is the third site of the Golden Triangle of Odisha. The first site of this golden triangle, Jagannath Puri and the second site is Bhubaneswar (the capital of Odisha).
  • This temple was also known as ‘BLACK PAGODA’ due to its dark color and used as a navigational landmark by ancient sailors to Odisha. Similarly, the Jagannath Temple in Puri was called the “White Pagoda”.
  • It remains a major pilgrimage site for Hindus, who gather here every year for the Chandrabhaga Mela around the month of February.

Source – PIB

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