Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sun God of Konark Sun Temple

The Sun Temple in the Indian State Orissa, built in the thirteenth century, was conceived as a gigantic chariot of the Sun God, Surya, with twelve pairs of exquisitely ornamented wheels pulled by seven horses. This temple, famous as much for its imposing dimensions and faultless proportions as for the harmonious integration of architectural grandeur with plastic allegiance, is one of the most sublime monuments of India. Its fine traceries and scrollwork, as well as the beautiful and natural cut of animal and human figures, give it the superiority over other temples. The 229 feet high main sanctum was constructed along with the audience hall, 128 feet high, having elaborate external projections.

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