The Sun Temple, also known as the Black Pagoda, lies at the heart of a fascinating temple complex that, more than 750 years after it was built, remains a splendid sight.
The temple has always had a special symbolic and religious significance and was designed as a gigantic wagon for the sun god, Surya. The 12 wheels on each side of Konark’s large assembly hall, the Jagamohan, symbolize each month of the year. In addition to the filigree wheels, the many erotic figures at the base of the sun temple attract much attention and demonstrate an abundance of joie de vivre.
Once a year, the temple serves as a venue for a popular dance and music festival. It is then that the splendid culture of Orissa celebrates its rebirth and the sun temple once again becomes an impressive focal point in historic Konark.
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