Konark Sun Temple

Konark Sun Temple

The Konark Sun temple was built in the 13th century and attributed to the king Narashimadeva I. This temple is located at Kornak, Odisha and is dedicated to the Sun go

Konark Sun Temple - Odisha - North India


What remains of the temple which is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God) is a 100 foot tall chariot with wheels and horses carved in stone. Most part of the temple now lies in ruins. This temple was known as ‘The Black Pagoda’ due to its black color of the tower.

History of Konark Sun Temple?

During the time of the Muslim invasion in India, Odisha was constantly under siege, but the rulers managed to hold their fort. After most of the country was captured by the invaders, Odisha remained. It was believed by the people that they would lose to the invaders. But one king among them rose against the invaders and defeated them in war.

He was king Narashimadeva I. In order to celebrate his victory over the Sultan, he decided to build a temple on the shores of the sea as in his early life he found this location serene. Hence, he built the temple there.

Entry/Darshan Time:

The temple is open from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm

Dress Code:

No specific dress code is recommended for a visit to this temple. Still, costumes covering upper arms and legs are suggested as a mark of respect to the temple customs.


The Konark dance festival takes place every year in Konark with the Sun temple as the background. The dance festival portrays the best part of India’s classical and traditional forms of dances