The Konark Sun Temple is one of the famous tourist attractions in Odisha. It is a humongous temple dedicated to the Sun God. It is one of the wonders as it was constructed in the 13th Century and yet had iron beams. The biggest iron beam is 35 feet long with a girth of 36 feet and weighing 90 tons. Despite being near the beach and being exposed to salty, humid air, the beams have no symptoms of rust which shows the skills of the Oriya builders of medieval times, again highlighting the progressive ways of ancient India.
Some facts about the Konark Temple are:
- The Konark sun temple is the only UNESCO world heritage site in the state of Odisha, India.
- Konark temple was designed in the form of a beautifully decorated chariot mounted on 24 wheels. Each wheel was about 10 feet in diameter, and drawn by 7 powerful horses.
- European sailors nicknamed Konark Temple as the Black Pagoda (Kaala Pagoda) since it was made of khondalite and black granite.
- The temple is east-inclined so that the first rays of the sun fall on its main entrance.
- The main attraction of the temple is its twelve pairs of wheels located at the base of the temple. These wheels are not ordinary wheels but tell time as well as the spokes of the wheels create a sundial.
- A heavy magnet was placed at the temple top and every two stones of the temple are sandwiched by iron plates. The idol was said to have been floating in air due to the arrangement of magnets.