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Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century CE sun temple at Konark, Puri, Odisha, India. The temple is assigned to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty about 1250 CE. Devoted to the Hindu god Surya, what remains of the temple complex has the appearance of a 100-foot high chariot with large wheels and horses, all sculpted from stone. Once over 200 feet high, much of the temple is now in wrecks, in particular, the huge shikara tower over the sanctuary; at one time this built much higher than the mandapa that remains. The buildings and elements that have survived are famed for their elaborate artwork, iconography, and themes, mithuna scenes and including erotic kama. Also called the Surya Devalaya, it is a classic example of the Odisha style of Hindu temple architecture.
The name Konark derives from the sequence of the Sanskrit words Kona (corner or angle) and Arka (the sun). The context of the term Kona is unclear but reasonably refers to the southeast location of this temple either within a larger temple complex or in connection to other sun temples on the subcontinent. The Arka relates to the Hindu sun god Surya.
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