Coming from Puri, we reached the Konark Sun Temple at sunset where it is best viewed and it is quite crowded that time. The temple compound had blooming garden of colorful flowers and huge trees everywhere. Tourists started to fill in when the sky had turned into dusk.
From top of the Bhogamandap, I could see the main temple of the Konark Temple complex. Later on I came to know that it was not the main temple, it was Jagamohan. It was the portion of the temple where devotees used to assemble for devotional songs. It stands on a high platform. It is the only preserved structure in the complex.
The front door of the Jagamohan was carved fantastically. The Sun Temple of Konark was designed as a chariot drawn by seven horses it is quite similar to Hampi’s stone chariot. The twelve pairs of magnificently carved wheels represent the twelve months of the year. Huge scaffolding was erected on its sides as the temple was undergoing restoration and renovation.
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