The Sun Temple at Konark, Orissa, is a 13th-century Hindu temple dedicated to the Sun god. This iconic temple is perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in the state of Orissa and it deserves being the same. It unique design and complex architecture makes it a visual treat to the eyes. The temple is shaped like a huge chariot and it has exquisite stone carvings covering the entire structure.
Located in the village of Konark, the Sun Temple achieved the distinction of a World Heritage Site in 1984. Located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, the temple was built in around 1250 AD by the king Narasimhadeva of East Ganga Empire. As per legends, this temple was built to honor military successes against the brutality of Muslim invaders.
The Sun Temple is a major attraction for tourists as much for its historical significance as for architectural merits. Its surfaces are carved with beautiful stone sculptures and it has included erotic scenes of Kama Sutra on the surfaces. Legends and tales apart, this temple is a prized jewel in the crown of the Orissa state and you should visit it for sure.