Konark Sun Temple is located in the state of Orissa nearby to the sacred city of Puri.
The famous Sun Temple of Konark is dedicated to the sun God or Surya.
It serves as the masterpiece of Orissa's medieval architecture.
Sun Temple has been declared as the world heritage site by UNESCO.
Konark was once upon a time a bustling port of Kalinga and had good maritime trade relations with Southeast Asian countries.
The present Sun Temple has been probably built by King Narashimhadev I (AD 1238-64) of the Ganga dynasty to celebrate his victory over the Muslims.
The Temple fell into disuse during the early 17th century after it was desecrated by an envoy of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.
Konark is a small town in the Puri district in the state of Odisha, India. It lies on the coast by the Bay of Bengal, 65 kilometers from the capital of the state, Bhubaneswar. It is the site of the 13th-century Sun Temple, also known as the Black Pagoda, built in black granite during the reign of Narasimhadeva-I.
The temple is a World Heritage Site. The temple is now mostly in ruins, and a collection of its sculptures is housed in the Sun Temple Museum, which is run by the Archaeological Survey of India.Konark is also home to an annual dance festival called Konark Dance Festival, held every December, devoted to classical Indian dance forms, including the traditional classical dance of Odisha, Odissi.On 16 February 1980, Konark lay directly in the path of a total solar eclipse.