Sun Temple located in Konark is known as Black Pagoda.
Why is the Konark Sun Temple called the ‘Black Pagoda’?
Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century Hindu temple located in the state of Odisha, India. The temple was built by king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.
Konark Sun Temple is located close to the sea and hence the European sailors used this fabulous temple as a navigational point. The temple’s shrine or the great tower appeared black in colour and hence it was called the Black Pagoda. Pagoda is a Hindu or Buddhist temple.
The Konark Sun temple is an architectural marvel of India’s heritage built using black graphite and hence the temple appears black in colour.
Few Facts about Konark Sun Temple:
- It is believed that the chief architect of the temple was Bisu Maharana
- Konark Sun Temple appears to be in the form of a gigantic chariot with carved stone wheels, pillars and the walls
- The temple has been structured as per the traditional style of Kalinga architecture
- The temple is Declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984
- Konark Sun Temple is known for erotic sculptures of maithunas
FAQs on Konark Sun Temple:
How old is Black Pagoda?
Black Pagoda is about 770 years old. It was built in the year 1250
Which Indian temple is shaped like a chariot?
Konark Sun Temple is an Indian Temple that is shaped like a chariot.