This architectural marvel with unusual dimensions ranking
very high among the uniques, fell to the fury of Kalapahad, the Muslim ruler of
Bengal in 1568. Alas! its glory departed with the displacement of the arch-stone
and the mutilation of all the art treasures, embellishing every inch of that
grand structure. Later, earthquakes and lightning's erased its remaining beauty,
leaving a few tall and remarkable portions to tell its sad tale to the world.
The havoc caused by a terrible cyclone in 1848 completely buried its unearthly
glory in the sand dunes.
its fall, started, according to certain versions, immediately after installing
the Kalasa atop the pyramidal roof. It is reported that certain columns of that
great structure crumbled due to the excessive weight of the massive slabs,
forming the roof without adequate strong support from below. Anyway, the ruthlessness
of the Muslim invader caused irrevocably irreparable damage to that superb art
piece. Touched at its plight, Narasinga Dev, the king of Khurda did invaluable
service to the theist., by removing the deity of Sun-god along with the Anur
Pillar to Puri in 1638 and installing them in the temple. They are being,
worshipped with great fervour. Consoling the grief-stricken sightseeing
enthusiasts thus, the guide takes them to other numerous places of interest,
lying in the vicinity of this medieval monument of remarkable craftsmanship.
It lies in
the state of Orissa, 34 km off Puri.