Konark Sun Temple
Built in the thirteenth century, it was visualized as a gigantic chariot of the Sun God with twelve pairs of elegantly decorated wheels dragged by seven scared horses. Embellished in a beautiful structure belongs to the Kalinga School of architecture. Its impressive dimensions and shapes make it one of the most eye-catching monuments in India. The temple consists of snooty chamber over sikhara and a hall for dance called Nata Mandira which displays a architectural design like that of Orrisan temples.
The sanctum exhibits beautiful images of the Sun-god in the three projections that are considered as miniature shrines. It displays the decorative ornaments and sculptures, often of a highly erotic type.
The entrance of this temple has two giant lions viewing crushing a war elephant. Each elephant lies on top of a human body. Nata Mandir is positioned near the entrance of the Konark Sun temple where the temple dancers used to perform dances to the Sun god. It is commonly found that thousands of sculptures and carvings are to be drawn on the walls of the Konark Sun temple which includes deities, celestial and human musicians, dancers, lovers, and myriad scenes of civil life.
The annual dance festival featuring odissi and other traditional dance forms are performed in Konark Sun Temple. It is managed on an open air stage alongside the backdrop of the floodlit temple. It displays the theme of traditional art and craft and exhibition of exotic sand art.