Description

The sanctum symbolizes the majestic stride of Sun god, which was the presiding deity of the temple. The temple marks the culmination of Odishan architectural style. Though the sikhara of the temple is in ruins but the jagamohana (mukhasala), dancing hall (natamandapa) are better preserved. The walls of the temple contain superb carvings, divine, semi-divine, human and animal figures amidst floral and geometric ornamentations.

            The vivacious kanyas and danseuse are memorable for the sensuous modelings which are absorbed in various gestures and rhetoric actions. Mighty gajasimhas welcome the visitors at the porch itself.

            To the southwest corner there is another sun temple which is earlier to the main temple. Though the roof is missing of both main temple and jagamohana but the wall portion which is intact and is worth visiting. It was supposed to be built during the Kesari rule.

SOUTHERN PART OF THE TEMPLE

            To the far southwest of the main temple, there is existence of a brick temple dedicated to Visnu. It was the earliest temple in the complex. The parsvadevatas of this temple are three in numbers, i. e. Varaha, Trivikrama and Narasimha now have been displayed and well preserved in the first galley of the museum.

            After the demise of Mukundadeva in 1568 the temple got deserted and neglected. Hence the temple started to decay and the main temple got collapsed.

            During the British rule (in 1903) the jagamohana was closed by filling up with sand and stone for keeping the safety of the structure intact as it has been observed. However in ruins the temple stands as the testimony of grandeur that the artists have created this magnificent structure which is now one of the World Heritage Monuments declared by UNESCO in 1984 only one in the Eastern India as a whole.

Archeological Museum Konark