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Konark Sun Temple

Built during the 13th century AD and, located in Konark, Odisha is a renowned “Sun Temple” known as “The Konark Sun Temple”. This temple was supposedly built by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty in the year 1255 AD. It is also supposed to be a temple dedicated in reverence of the Sun God i.e. Lord Surya. Additionally, UNESCO has declared this temple as a “World Heritage Site”. Important travel information related to this unique “Sun Temple” is as follows.

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a. Best time to visit Konark Sun Temple:

The perfectly “blissful” time to visit this temple is in between the months of October to March due to the climate being pleasant with, the temperature ranging from a maximum of 30 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 25 degrees Celsius.

b. How to reach Konark Sun Temple?

Konark Sun Temple Map

1. By train:

The nearest railway station to Konark is located in Puri and Bhubaneswar. Both these railway stations are well connected to major cities in the country.

2. By road:

There are a number of private as well as public bus services that are available from Bhubaneswar and Puri to Konark.

3. By air:

The closest airport to Konark is located at a distance of 64 km in Bhubaneswar. The Bhubaneswar Airport is well connected to most of the major cities in the country.

c. Religious significance:

According to folklore the establishment of this wonderful Sun Temple was said to be due to Krishna’s son Samba. The myth states that Samba was cursed with leprosy and, so it was a sage called Kataka that advised him to worship the Sun God (on the sea coast that is located north east of Puri) in order to reverse this curse. It was therefore in honour of Samba’s devoted worship of the Sun God i.e. Surya on the sea coast that eventually led to this temple being built in the 13th century AD.

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