Not far from Puri, around 35 km away, and an hour’s drive is the Konark Sun Temple, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a structure which has inspired awe in the hearts and minds of all the enlightened souls who have witnessed its sublime architecture.
The Konark Sun Temple which had suffered minor damages in cyclone Fani was reopened for visitors today. Visitors were allowed entry inside the UNESCO World Heritage site, 11 days after cyclone Fani, through manual tickets.
In the fifth edition of this series on Indian monuments by Sahapedia, we look at the magnificent Sun Temple of Konark. Built in the 13th century, this tribute to Surya in the form of a massive celestial chariot continues to awe visitors with its architectural depiction of the Sun’s journey through time.
India is a country with a rich heritage. As such, it has some impressive buildings which reflect its ever evolving culture. Over the years, India has become a country where religion has been a defining factor and has contributed to some incredible architecture.
Some of the world’s most prominent religions originated in India, including Buddhism and Hinduism. If you take a look at some of India’s ancient architecture you will be met with beautiful Buddhist monasteries and stupas, forts built as means of protecting Hinduism, and buildings influenced by the Middle East, Afghanistan and Persia after the Muslim invasion in the 11th century.
Later when the Portuguese, French, Dutch and British invaded India, they too left footprints on the country.
As a result, India’s architecture is a melting pot of different cultural influences.
“Combining the myths with scientific and historical evidence, the identified palaeo-channel may be correlated to the lost river Chandrabhaga,” they say.Almost all myths regarding Konark, including illustrations and photographs, indicate the presence of the Chandrabhaga river in the proximity of the temple, they say.Called “Chandrabhaga”, this ancient river is believed to have existed at a distance of about two km from the 13th century Sun Temple at Konark, a Unesco World Heritage Site in the eastern state of Odisha.Bengaluru: After an expert panel recently confirmed the existence of the mythical Saraswati river in India’s northwest, scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-KgP) now claim they have found evidence of another “lost” Indian river.The existence of a palaeo-channel was further corroborated through profiling the surface using “ground penetrating radar” that showed the existence of a V-shaped subsurface river valley, the scientists report.