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ASI is preparing a plan to restore and preserve the nearly 800-year-old Konark Sun Temple in Odisha. In 1903, it was filled with sand by the British to prevent the structure from collapsing.

About Konark Sun Temple
•    It is a 13th-century CE Sun temple attributed to king Narasinga Deva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.
•    It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
•    Also called the Surya Devalaya, it is a classic illustration of the Odisha style of Architecture or Kalinga Architecture. It is also known as black Pagoda.
•    Once over 200 feet (61 m) high, much of the temple is now in ruins, in particular the large shikara tower over the sanctuary; at one time this rose much higher than the mandapa that remains.
•    The structures and elements that have survived are famed for their intricate artwork, iconography, and themes, including erotic kama and mithuna scenes.

Some other Sun Temples in India
    Sun Temple, Modhera (Gujarat): Built during rule of Bhima I of the Chalukyan Dynasty in 1026-27 CE.
    Sun Temple, Martand (Jammu and Kashmir): Build during rule of Karkota dynasty in the 8th century.