A world-class interpretation centre and other tourist facilities for visitors were today inaugurated at the Konark Sun Temple, coinciding with Utkal Diwas — Odisha’s foundation day.
Built in the 13th century, the temple was conceived as a gigantic chariot of the Sun God, with 12 pairs of exquisitely ornamented wheels pulled by seven horses.
Located about 35 km from the temple town of Puri, the Sun Temple is majestic in conception and one of the most sublime monuments of India.
The sprawling main avenue, leading from the outer ring road to the Sun Temple, has been beautified with artistic landscaping. Water bodies have been developed along the way, with manicured gardens, paved roads, streetlights and high-mast towers.
The interpretation centre has been designed to be interactive, with multiple exhibits and multimedia displays.