The World Heritage Monument, “Sun Temple of Konark” lays just about 35 kms from puri. This temple is the hard effort of Twelve hundred craftsmen who took around 12 long years to erect this monumental wonder. This temple is modelled after the floating chariot of the mythical Sun God, which is quintessence of imaginative craftsmanship of ancient Odisha. The temple architecture was designed in such a way which depicts nostalgic times of Medieval Odisha .The look is like twelve exquisitely carved stone wheels and seven galloping horses and the kings, queens, generals, foot soldiers, sages, priests, elephants, horses, courtiers and courtesans depicted on the walls and the panels .
The Annual Konark Festival, which is held in an Open Air Auditorium every year with the temple as the backdrop. It is a showcase of magical parade of India’s classical and traditional dance forms. Eminent dancers and their troupe delight visitors are the major attractions in this auditorium.
Besides, the dance performances the visitors also visit an exhibition of Odishan temple sculptures which are often described as poetry transcribed on stone. Sand Art exhibition is also another attraction for tourists.
It is a festival of classical dances of India performed at the backdrop of the Sun Temple, Konark which is being organised for a period of 5 days i.e. from December 1-5 every year. The main objective of Konark festival is to promote Konark as well as Odisha as a tourist destination.
Explore 2 Odisha offers different custimized tour packages for Konark festival. For visiting Konark dance festival and International Sand Art festival contact Explore 2 Odisha.
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