The word Konark comes from combination of Sanskrit words 'Kona' and 'Arka'. Kona meaning corner and arka meaning Sun hence, the Sun Temple. Images carved so beautifully artistically that it appears like a fantasy of stones. Konark is one of the most finest creations at India and rightly been considered as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Here the language of Stone surpasses the language of Man - Rabindranath Tagore
Surya, the sun is the only eye of the universe, he shines and destroys darkness
Sun is the origin of all creation, existence and destruction as well as the three forms of Brahma,Vishnu,Mahesh.
In the later period besides Konark there were few centers of Sun worship established throughout India. Here I would like to draw attention to another center where Sun worship was popular, the Sun Temple at Jhalarapatan in Rajasthan near river Chandrabhaga which is considered as the city of bells. read more Is is said that Samba had built the three great Sun temples at India, of them one is at Konark, other at Multan and probably in all possibility the third is at Jhalarapatan all three on the banks of river Chandrabhaga. Even after Samba left, the Sun Worship continued to be in vogue at Konark.
Konark is a destination of tourist attraction with a blend of Beauty and Perfection.
Konark : A Heritage fantasy
Dr. Sushma Ahuja