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State: Orissa
District: Puri
Famous for/as: Heritage
Languages: Oriya, Hindi, English
Best Season: Sept - Mar
Weather: Summer 19 to 45°C, Winter 12 to 32°C
Altitude: 2 m
Pincode: 752111
STD code: 067581
A tiny locale in the state of Orissa, Konark is renowned for its centuries old Temple, alluring trendy beach and of course for the much acclaimed dance festival. Konark alias Arka-Tirtha is in fact a combination of Kona and Arka which means the sun around the crook. The outstanding monuments of Konark reflect the quintessence of Oriyan architecture.

The annual Dance Festival of Konark receives accolades from worldwide, where the enthralling performances of distinguished classical dancers provide a delightful feast. The Sun Temple, which makes a magnificient backdrop, adds the charm of this cultural pursuit. This five day long cultural extravaganza helped this sleepy town to a thriving tourist destination. Besides this, Konark also holds the Sun Festival, where the devotees take a holy dip in the sea before the sunrises and offer their prayers to the sun god.

Craft Mela and Handicraft Exhibition held as a part of this dance festival allures people with the wide range of artifacts on display. A wide range of handicrafts on offer makes shopping a blissful experience Commenced under the auspicious of the Department of Industry from 1991, this fair is a grand showoff of stylish handicrafts, rural handlooms and potteries, artist’s camps, where expert artisans and craftsman present their adroitness in rustic surroundings.

Konark is an excellent combination of traditional architecture and stunning natural ambiance. A fabulous temple at a sauntering expanse from the beach bluster the sumptuousness of the conventional Indian architecture and art, which holds one’s breathe. Prettily situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, Konark is a place where the poetry carved stone temples win ones heart with its majestic charm.
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Konark Dance and Music Festival

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Nov 25, 2011
The Konark festival is one of the most famous Indian festivals. The temple and its surroundings reverberate to the sounds of drums and flutes and to the sounds of tinkling anklets of the dancers.

History


The history of Konark dates back to the rule of King Narsimhadeva I of the Ganga dynasty which ruled here during 1236-1264. It was during his reign that most of the temple structures including the Sun Temple were built.

Konark also finds its mention in the Puranas where the town was referred as ‘Mundira’ or ‘Mundirasvamin’. During the 12th century, the power of the Muslim rulers was insuperable. However, after the death of Mohammad Ghori, the then ruler of the Delhi sultanate, the Muslim Empire became weak and the Hindu kings took it up as an opportunity to restrict the advances of the Mulsims.

A ferocious battle was fought between the freshly appointed king Nasiruddin Muhammad’s governor general Tughan Khan and King Narsimhadeva I in which the latter won. Thus, to commemorate his victory he built the Sun temple along with a shrine and a victory memorial.

According to the mythological beliefs, the Sun Temple at Konark came into being after the cursed son of Lord Krishna underwent twelve years of penance after being inflicted with leprosy. After the successful completion of his penance, he was blessed by the Sun God and his health was restored. Thus, Samba (lord Krishna’s son) built the Sun Temple in honour of the Sun God.

Travel within city


The ideal way to travel around Konark would be through its various auto rickshaws and taxis. There are many modes of transportation available in the city of Konark and opting for one among them will depend on your personal preferences.

Bus


You can take public government run buses around Konark in order to get through to remote locations in the city. The public bus transport system is very extensive, and covers many parts of the city. However, the buses are poorly maintained and are in a constant state of disrepair, and this is one of the main reasons why people avoid using the buses in Konark. Bus travel will cost you around Rs 3 to 8.

Auto Rickshaw


Auto rickshaws are the preferred mode of travel, and a trip from Puri to Konark can cost you around Rs 250 to 300 easily. Auto rickshaws do not run on meter and charge fixed rates. There are no separate night charges though and auto rickshaws are a safe mode of travel during night time.

Taxi


Taxis in Konark are too costly, and can cost you anywhere around Rs 300 to 600 for a single trip from Puri to Konark. You can opt for auto rickshaws or taxis from the bus stand and the railway station as these are easily accessible.

Hotels


You can find 3 hotels in Konark under following categories:
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