10 Hidden Facts of Sun Temple in Konark: One of the oldest 13th-century Sun temple at Konark is Konark Sun Temple which is about 35 kilometres northeast from Puri city on the coastline in Puri district, Odisha, India. The temple is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga dynasty about 1250 CE. Today we will learn about 10 hidden facts of Sun temple which you have never heard before.
10 Hidden Facts of Sun Temple in Konark
#1. Meaning of Konark
Jagannath Puri Temple, Lingraj Temple and Sun temple makes a triangle “Ark’ means sun . So together we call it “KONARK”. “Kon” means triangle of Jagannath Puri Temple, Lingraj Temple and Sun temple and “Ark” means sun. So together we call it “KONARK”
#2. 12 years 1200 workers
The temple was created near the river called ChandraBhala which is now 3 kms away from this temple. It took 12 years & 1200 workers to create this temple. The temple was created near the river called ChandraBhala which is now 3 kms away from this temple.
#3. 128 Dance Forms
This temple is surrounded by statues of 128 forms of Dance 128 forms of Odyssey and Classical dances. This are forms of our classical dance, Odyssey, Manipuri, Bharatanatyam, kathak, Kuchipudi every dance form. You will find statues 128 dance forms surrounding the sun Temple. Which includes Odyssey, Manipuri, Bharatanatyam, kathak, Kuchipudi etc,
#4. Iron and Steel
This was build in 1250. There was no cement at that time They made this gigantic temple and joining the stone with iron nails. Everything is interlocked Will can find out how they did it only after the stones will break. Cement was not used to make this temple as cement was not even invented at that time. This temple is completely made up of Iron and Stone
#5 Magnetic Foundation
To control the stones, they used Iron nails. To control the nails, they used a powerful magnet on the top of the temple. When Portuguese came for business to India, their compass did not work near this temple so they stole the magnet from Sun temple. After that the Temple got unbalanced in 1848 A cyclone came and the broke the temple. The height of the temple was 227 feet and now its just 80 feet. The praying’s in this temple stopped after the main temple broke . Because according to Hindu rules no one can prey in broken temple To control the stones, they used Iron nails To control the nails, they used a powerful magnet on the top of the temple Which was stolen by Portuguese Since then no one can prey in this temple as this temple is broken.
#6. Secret of Morning, noon and evening
Inside we will see Granite Statues Like morning , noon and night. Morning is like lord Bhramma. Noon is like Lord Shiva and Evening is like Lord Vishnu. Inside the temple we can see Granite Statues Which looks like Lord Bhramma in the morning, Lord Shiva at noon, and Lord Vishnu in the evening.
This is to control our mind and sense. When we can control both of them then we can say that it’s a temple of God. That’s is why these statues are situated to know what is in our mind Ram (God) or Kam (Lust). If there is lust then go and complete it, and when its god in your heart then you can come inside the temple That is why it is said that whenever you visit a temple temple then leave the lust outside. These statues outside the sun temple indicates that you should leave the lust outside before entering the temple
#8 Mud Pots
This system still exists in Jagannath Temple of Puri Were these mud pots used to cook at that time? Still these are used in Jagannath Puri. Yes Yes Yes… in mud pots. After the temple was broken, the preparation of food stopped in this temple. However, at that time they used mud pots to cook. Which can still be found in Jagannath puri temple of Puri
#9 Reason for strogness
This is the color of the iron. Without it its nothing. Yes, it will rust But these irons do not rust. No, they don’t. And even in summers it does not get warm. The iron which was used to build Sun temple neither catches rust nor get heated with sun. That is why sun temple is standing straight without that magnet also.
#10 Main Door
Another fact about Konark temple is that all the three gates of this temple are made in such a manner that it will appear straight from all the angles. The black one, Does it look straight? ? Hmm The main gate of sun temple looks straight from all the angles. So, these were the hidden facts of sun temple. After that we have to go to Lingraj Temple of Bhuvneshwar. So, we started our journey to Bhuvneshwar . So, don’t forget to watch our next video about Lingraj Temple . And also watch our previous video about Jagannath Puri Temple.
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