it’s our first visit to Odisha, It’s incomplete unless you pay a visit to the 13th century Konark Sun Temple and Puri, as part of our Bhutan road trip itinerary, we started in the morning around 10 am from Vishakhapatnam, we reached Puri around 8 pm. We decided to take rest overnight next day morning we started to Konark distance is about 35km from Puri, Marine Drive – A Mesmerizing Journey A must ride for all nature lovers. The temple remains open from 6 am to 8 pm. You can hire a guide and buy souvenirs just outside the temple complex and you want, there are also photographers who will take photographs of you around the temple. Though today, the temple is a World Heritage Site and much of the structure has deteriorated, it is still one of the most popular temples in India. The structure has been built using black granite and it took 12 years to complete its architecture.
Konark sun temple is an architectural marvel, this temple complex is built like sun god’s towering chariot drawn by seven horses on 12 wheels. Here’s what you need to know about this temple and its intriguing history.
The word Konark means corner (kona) and sun (ark) and is dedicated to the sun god. It was built at the mouth of the Chandrabhaga River but the waterline receded over the years. It was so built that the first ray of the sun fell on the gigantic sun idol kept inside the main temple complex and even today you can tell the time by the rays of the sun falling on the wheels which as sundials.
One of the most fascinating things of this temple was that the sun idol was suspended in the air as there were magnets used in the construction. So when you entered the main temple, you would see a tall idol in mid-air. For years, it was a mystery as to how this happened. People did not realise it was the magnetic field from all four sides that made this happen. But this also led to the removing of the idol. It is believed that this magnetic field affected the compass navigation for sailors and when they were invading India, they ordered the magnets to be removed. Thus, the idol could no longer be suspended in air. Today, tourists aren’t allowed to go in the main chamber as it has been sealed.
What remains today are a few structures, an open air dance hall and the dining hall. The Konark Dance Festival that is held annually takes place close to the temple at a strategic location so that the temple makes for a backdrop of the festival.
Minimum 2 hours required to see the architecture of the temple in detail, we took some different perspective photos of the temple. While coming back we had some Jalmuri and special Pan. overall Konark temple visit was refreshing for us, we headed back to Puri.
Same day we visited Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri (mobiles are banned inside temple – paid locker are available around the temple with minimal fee) Temple is a very big temple and covers an area of 37000m2. The height of the outer wall is 6.1m. This outer wall surrounds the whole temple and is known as Meghananda Pacheri. The main portion of the temple is also surrounded by a wall known as Kurma Bheda.
The temple was built on the basis of Oriya architecture and has around 120 temples and shrines inside. The main temple has curvilinear shape with a chakra of Lord Vishnu on the top. This chakra is also known as Nila Chakra. The tower of the temple has the height of 65m.
Temple was full crowded it took 3hrs for darshan, we hired a priest he guided us throughout the temple areas. there notable features inside the 10 acre Jagannath temple complex are an ancient banyan tree (which is said to fulfill devotees’ wishes), the world’s largest kitchen where the mahaprasad is cooked, and Anand Bazar where the mahaprasad is sold to devotees between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Apparently, the kitchen produces enough food to feed 100,000 people each day!
At the western gate, you’ll find a small museum called Niladri Vihar, which is dedicated to Lord Jagannath and the 12 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Apparently, more than 20 different rituals are performed at the temple daily, from 5 a.m. until midnight. The rituals reflect those carried out in everyday life, such as bathing, brushing teeth, getting dressed, and eating. With divine feeling, we headed back to the hotel, I and my friend spent some time at the beach we acknowledged an amazing sunset. it’s an amazing experience for both of us.
Here are some other Facts you possibly didn’t know about the Puri Jagannath Temple:
- 1. The Flag at top the temple always flaps in opposite direction of air.
- 2. Normally during day-time, air comes from sea to land & during evening, the vice-versa occurs. But in Puri it’s totally opposite.
- 3.No bird or planes fly above the Temple.
- 4.The shadow of the main dome is invisible at any time of the day.
- 5.The quantity of cooked food inside the Temple remains same for the entire year. But that same quantity of prasadam can feed few thousand people & 20 lac people, Still it won’t get wasted.
- 6. After entering from Singhadwara’s first step (from inside of the Temple), u can’t hear any sound produced by the ocean. But, when u cross the same step (from outside of the Temple) u can hear it. This can be noticed clearly during evening.
- 7. A Tree cut by the Sudharshana Chakra is in the premise of the temple.