Known as Arka Padma kshetra, Konark occupies a prominent place
in the history of temples of India in general and Kalinga temples in particular.
It is dedicated exclusively to the Sun-God - Surya Bhagawan, and it is the
only one of its kind existing in such gigantic proportions in the present; why
in the past also for that matter. Though in ruins, the charm it cast.-, on the art
connoisseurs and the tourists is inexhaustibly irresistible and eternally
enchanting, and lo! it is on the increase. No shrine in its abject ruins has ever
attracted more tourists than this. Puranas and Ithihasaas enshrine a large body
of .facts extolling its glory with many memorable and awe inspiring episodes.
Mariners and merchants who entwined their lives with the fall and rise of this
Black Pagoda, testify to its glory with thrilling adventures of their own. Its
conception and construction evoke amazement and wring instant veneration
from anyone. The renowned architect Sibai Santra conceived and fashioned it
as the temple chariot of the Sun-god with 24 gigantic wheels, drawn by seven
mighty steeds. Though in ruins, it visualises the colossal and magnificent
scale it reached with ,every aspect of life it represented through its sculptural
craftsmanship. Depiction of scenes representing a cross-section of the
society is superb and beyond comparison. It is deemed a marvel of all times,
far surpassing the Taj Mahal in craftsmanship. It is a tourist's paradise and
art lovers' sanctuary. On account of such enviable plus points of infinite
variety, it has become one in the Golden Triangle of Orissa temples - Puri
Jagannath, Bhuvaneswar and Konark.