Photographer's Note

The temple city of Konark is situated in the eastern state of Orissa at a distance of around 65 km from Bhubaneswar and 35 km from Puri. The temple was built around 1236AD by Raja Narasimhadeva to mark a military victory. Since the rulers used to worship the Sun, the temple was conceived as a chariot for Surya, the Sun God. The whole structure is in the form of a giant horse drawn chariot of the Sun. Together, the 24 wheels of the Chariot and the 7 horses drawing it symbolize the passage of time. The front of the main entrance has two giant stone lions crushing elephants. As you climb up the stairs, you'll see statues of horses on both side. All over the walls of this huge temple are beautiful carvings, sculptures and bas-reliefs (figures projecting from a plain background). Among them are thousands of images of gods, goddesses, men and women and scenes from life in the 13th century. This picture is from one of the side elivations. I hope you like it. I have posed altogether 4 pictures of Konark to give viewers some inea of the place, though the pictures don't do justice to the actual place which is absolutely stunning!

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  • Copyright: Balwant Thanki (Balwant) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 3 N: 84] (588)
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  • Date Taken: 2007-11-17
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