A trip or outing is always fascinating, irrespective of the spot where we go. It propels away the dull monotony of life. And, adds enthusiasm to it. An expedition to a place of historical importance is much interesting. Since it catches up the split and memory of the past days of glory.
Such was my visit to Konark Sun Temple, Odisha during the last winter holidays.
Konark Sun Temple History:
Konark Sun Temple also Surya Mandir, is a 13th century Sun Temple at Konark, on the coastline of Odisha, India. King Narashimhadeva of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty was accredited for the temple. It is dedicated to the Hindu God Surya.
Our tour guide informed us of the real story about the temple. The temple has the appearance of a 100-foot high chariot. Without any high tech machinery, the temple is designed with immense wheels and horses carved of stone. The temple resembles a classic illustration of the traditional Odisha style of Kaling Architecture. Hence, it is also called Surya Devalaya.
Muslim armies destructed many parts of the temple between the 15th and 17th centuries. The temple had a great black tower and so was called Black Pagoda. Similarly, the Jagannath Temple in Puri was called the White Pagoda.
Then, I visited the Shree Jagannath Temple of Puri. It is dedicated to Jagannath which is a Vishnu form in Puri.
Shri Jagannath Temple History:
The present temple was rebuilt by King Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva. He was the first of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The temple is considered as one of the Char Dham.
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- The flag on the top of the Lord Jagannath Temple, Puri flaps in the opposite direction of the wind.
- The Sudarshan Chakra on the temple seems to face you wherever you stand around in Puri.
- The temple was built in a very scientific way so, it has no shadow. The shadow falls in such a way that it is not visible to others.
- Also, birds and planes do not fly above this temple. The reason for birds not flying is spiritual. According, to them the temple looks like Sudharshana Chakra, hence they avoid flying across the temple.
My overall journey was very interesting. Apart from historical aspects, the temple also has certain spiritual beliefs. It enhances us to gain more information, by exploring each and every corner of it. Thus, by knowing the history of a place, we can know the present and predict the future. Therefore it is said that: History is to earn and learn not to burn……
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