On the shores of the Bay of Bengal, bathed in the rays of the rising sun, the temple at Konarak is a monumental representation of the sun god Surya’s chariot; its 24 wheels are decorated with symbolic designs and it is led by a team of six horses. Built in the 13th century, it is one of India’s most famous Brahman sanctuaries.
Festivals at Konark
- The “Konark Festival” held every year is a great attraction for cultural cognoscenti. The most popular and colourful festival of Konark, an occasion for a grand congregation of Indian pilgrims and enthusiasts from abroad, falls on the seventh day of the new moon of Magha.
- Chandrabhaga Mela is the most popular festival which fall in the month of February. This is a day specially set aside for the worship of the Sun God at Konark. In fact this is the second biggest festival in Orissa, next to Car Festival of Puri.
- Another colourful festival is the Konark Dance Festival considered as the cultural mecca where eminent classical dancers and singers across the country participates to perform before the live audience in an open-air auditorium set on the backdrop of Konark Temple.
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