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Chandi Mandira

Barabati Fort

Paradeep

Konark

This small sea-side town was an important ancient port and is now world renowned for the majestic Sun Temple - a World Heritage Site of UNESCO and is regarded as an icon of India, like the famous Taj.

Sun Temple :

The magnificent shrine was built by Ganga king Narisimha Deva - I in 1278 and is the crowning glory of Orissan temple architecture. According to Rabindranath tagore - ' here the language of stone surpasses the language of man'. The massive structure was designed as a celestial chariot of the Sun god, with twelve pairs of exquisitely carved wheels, drawn by seven horses. The 24 wheels are said to represent the fortnight of the year, the eight spokes in each wheel, the ancient are, Lord of the day and night into eight equal parts, the seven horses, are the seven days of the week. The temple was originally set on the beach and the sea has receded and the elegant ruins of the temple are located amidst drifting sand, about 2 kms. From the sea. It is said that 1200 architects toiled for 12 years to create this magnificent structure. The 227 feet high main sikhara which is now collapsed was visible from far out at sea and the shrine was known as the 'Black Pagoda' by sailors, in contrast to the whitewashed Jagannath temple at Puri. At the base of the collapsed tower were three subsidiary shrines, which had steps leading to the Surya images. The main sanctum is in ruins but the natamandir, which remains in front of the temple and Audience Hall are intact. Of the 22 subsidairy temples which once stood within the enclosure, only two have survived the Vaishnava and the Mayadevi Temple. At either side of the main temple are colossal figures of royal elephants and royal horses. the ornately carved temple also depicts aspects of life during 13th century. It is also very famous for the erotic art.

Around Konark

Astaranga

The coastal town is an important centre of salt production and fishing. The beauty of the beach is noteworthy especially during sun-set time.

Chaurasi(30kms.)

It is well known for the shrines of Amareswar, Laxminarayan and Barahi.

Kuruma

This important archaeological site has remains of a Buddhist monastery. Excavations here have revelled ancient Buddhist antiquities like the image of Buddha seated in Bhumisparsa Mudra.

Pipli

It is famous for the handicrafts known as "Appliqué work". Beautiful bedspreads, cushion covers, bags, wall hangings, umbrella etc. are prepared using this art work.

Ramachandi

The holy site at the confluence of the river Kushabhadra and the Bay of Bengal has a temple of Ramachandi, the presiding deity of the Konark region. The Marine Drive is a popular picnic site.