Konark Surya Temple or Sun temple in Orissa is one of the most stunning monuments of religious significance. The true masterpiece of architecture proudly stands in the form of Sun Temple at Konark which holds a great stage in World Heritage sites. A culmination of Oriya architecture, the temple is a wonderful place as the language of stone defeats the human language here. Built in 13th century by King Narasimhadeva, the temple is designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twelve wheels, carrying the sun god, Surya, across heavens. Located at a manageable distance from the seat of Lord Jagannath, Puri at 35 kms; the temple is around 65 kms from the capital city of Bhubaneswar.
The name of Konark temple is an amalgamation of two words – Kona meaning corner and Arka meaning the Sun. That is to say that the Sun god worshipped in Ark Kshetra is called Konark. Legend says that after killing the demon Gyasur, Lord Vishnu placed his belongings at several places to commemorate the victory. With His conch at Puri, Disc in Bhubaneshwar and Mace in Jajapur; He placed the Lotus at Konark.
Konark Dance Festival & Music Festival is one of the largest music and dance festivals in the world. Held in February every year jointly by Orissa Tourism and Odissi Research Center attracts thousands of international dancers and researchers.
Magha Saptami, also known as Chandrabhaga Mela, is the popular festival in Konark Surya temple. Magha Saptami is also known as Ratha Saptami in other places of India.