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Konark

Konark is located in the state of Odisha, around 60 kilometers from the capital of the state, Bhubaneswar. It features the world famous 7th-century Sun Temple – a Unesco World Heritage Site – also known as the Black Pagoda, built in black granite during the reign of Narasimhadeva-I. Probably the grandest sun temple in the country, the Konark Temple is dedicated to Surya the Sun God, and shaped in the form of a massive celestial chariot. With twelve pairs of wheels, the chariot used to be pulled by seven horses, but only one remains today. The stone walls of the Temple are engraved with countless images of deities, people, birds, animals, and mythological characters. It is is believed that the temple was built to celebrate the Ganga Dynasty, and the king’s victory over the Muslim rulers of Bengal. This is supported by the plethora of sculptures depicting war scenes.

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