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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Konark Sun Temple

Konark Sun Temple
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Private Tour: Konark Sun Temple and Pipli Village Day Tour from Bhubaneswar
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Konark
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Owner description: The 13th century temple, also known as the Black Pagoda, is a monumental Hindu structure dedicated to the sun God or Surya.
Bengaluru, India
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“Excellent, must visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

An heritage venue that is a symbol of exceptional architecture and a glimpse into the bygone Era. Definitely worth a visit. July August is the rainy season and if you are caught in the rain, it gets quite intense.

It's open from 7 am to sun set. The entrance is 10 Rs per person for Indians.

Bargain heavily (60 - 70%) discounts in the shops outside the temple. Beware of guides, you can get most of the information from wiki and other blogs, take a soft copy and read as you walk around.

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“Fascinating History...!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

Majestic !! You simply cant escape from being surprised knowing the history of how at some point the temple use to float in the sky..
land of kamasutra and shows the bold indian culture that existed in those days..

Must see if bhubaneshwar or puri is on your visit list...

Visited June 2014
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Dhaka, null, Bangladesh
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“700 years old temple”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

You should have sufficient time to see the old and historic temple. Don't forget to see the Chandrabhaga beach which is about 15 minutes drive from the temple. The local guide is very helpful to provide details about the temple

Visited July 2013
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New Delhi, India
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“Salutation to Sun's energy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Like Taj Mahal in north, Ajanta-Ellora in west, Brihadeshwara in south; Konark is the stand out stone architecture in east. Must watch before it succumbs to forces of time and weather.

While temples of Vishnu, Shiva and Devi abound; temple of Sun is a rare sight. Most Sun temples stand in ruins, and this was no exception. Perhaps ouster of India from golden hall of fame coincided with neglect of luminous Sun...

I admired the originality of its architectural plan, loved the eloquence of its stone colors, and was surprised by sexual content of some of its carvings. Sun ushers new life, and the temple is a proud epitome of that.

Visited October 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“Elaborate Architecture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

This historical temple from the 13th century also called the Black Pagoda is conceived as an elaborate chariot ornamented and dedicated to the Sun God, Surya. The architecture of the temple is captivating and amazing. The embellished stone wheels adorned with exquisite carvings hold up the Chariot that is said to be drawn by horses. The temple is dissipating quickly but even in its ruined state it is a marvel of fine architecture. If you want to learn the details and history of this spectacle, I suggest you employ a guide to give you better insight. The romantic depictions and erotic carvings of women on the temple all narrate a story beyond imagination.
Unfortunately, history and time have taken its toll on the temple and the salinity of the Bay of Bengal is destructing the stone to ruins. This temple is really an impressive contribution to Indian art and architecture and should be protected. It is a must see site before it deteriorates to dust.

Visited January 2014
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