very conception of the temple. resembling a chariot in motion breaks new group
and awakens amazement. Verily, it is a daring departure from the beaten track.
It is conceived on a colossal scale, unknown to and unheard of by people, living
then, or now. To make it an exact representation of the chariot, it is fitted
with twenty four gaint wheels, twelve on each side and seven massive horses in
front, symbolising the twenty four fortnights of the year and the seven days of
the week respectively. To impart realism, the entire stupendous structure is
placed on a elevated huge plinth, and as such it resembles as imposing chariot
in suspended motion, ready to take the Sun god to sky for riding across the
heavens. The several tires on the pyramidal roof are adored with figures of
lovely dancers etc.
tower on completion rose to a height of 225 feet and was joined with a 100 feet
high porch, whose base was beautified with several subsidiary shrines, fitted
with flights of stairs, leading to the images of the Sun god, installed in well
decorated niches on three sides. Exquisite craftsmanship peeps through every
pore of the images studded on all sides. These superb works of art exhibit such
delicacy and accuracy, possible only with tools as fine and sharp as needles.
Further, the main temple with its porch and principal halls are so designed that
the first rays of the Sun fall directly on the head of Mitraditya - the main
image after passing through the halls. And the wheels are so fashioned and
fitted to form sun-clocks, enabling to reading of time according to the position
of the Sun during the day. The whole mass of this gigantic temple is surrounded
by a huge enclosure, measuring 875 X 540 feet, with thick walls of varying width
in between 20-25 feet.