Konark Sun temple
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.