One of the most stunning monuments of
religious significance, a true masterpiece of architecture proudly stands
in the form of Sun Temple at Konark. A culmination of Oriya architecture,
the temple is a wonderful place as the language of stone defeats the human
language here. Built in 13th century by King Narasimhadeva, the temple is
designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twelve
wheels, carrying the sun god, Surya, across heavens.
Located at a manageable distance from the seat of Lord Jagannath, Puri at 35 kms; the temple is around 65 kms from the capital city of Bhubaneswar. The name of Konark temple is an amalgamation of two words- Kona meaning corner and Arka meaning the Sun. That is to say that the Sun god worshipped in Ark Kshetra is called Konark. Legend says that after killing the demon Gyasur, Lord Vishnu placed his belongings at several places to commemorate the victory. With His conch at Puri, Disc in Bhubaneshwar and Mace in Jajapur; He placed the Lotus at Konark.
The temple being an important landmark in the coastal voyage of European sailors was named 'The Black Pagoda' by them.