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KONARK SIGHTSEEING

 

The great temple of Konark is 3 km. from the coast, 33 km. from Puri and 64 km. from Bhubaneswar. It is a wonderful and peaceful place. An open-air theatre has been built near the temple. Sun Temple : The entire temple is the chariot of the Sun God, Surya. Around the base of the temple are 24 gigantic carved-stone wheels. Seven mighty horses haul at the temple and the immense structure is covered with carvings, sculptures, figures and bas-reliefs. The main entrance, from the Tourist Bungalow side, is guarded by two stone lions crushing elephants. Steps rise to the main entrance, flanked by straining horses. There are the 3 impressive chlorite images of Surya, aligned to catch the sun at dawn, noon and sunset. Between the main steps upto the jagamohan and the entrance enclosure is an intricately carved dancing hall. To the north is a group of elephants and to the south a group horses rearing and trampling men. Nine Planets' Shrine : The 6 mtr. chlorite slab is the centrepiece of a small shrine just outside the temple walls. The carved seated figures represent Surya (the sun), Chandra (the moon), Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. Archaeological Museum : Outside the temple enclosure is a museum containing many sculptures and carvings. Some of the small pieces are excellent.


KONARK-GETTING THERE AND AWAY

 

Buses and overcrowded minibuses run along the coastal road between Puri and Konark. There are buses fairly regularly to Bhubsneswar.


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