Konark Wheels of Sun Temple

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UploadedSeptember 4, 2011
TakenJuly 7, 2009
Exposure1/40 sec at f/3.5
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Focal Length6.3 mm
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Sun Temple is famous for its stone sculptures. The temple is designed in the shape of a chariot resembling the sun chariot as the temple was built like a chariot of Sun god. The wheels of the chariot have lot of engraved art work around its axis and peripheries.

There are 24 wheels fixed to the temple and is of 9 feet 9 inches in diameter and they are having 8 spokes. All stone wheels are full with engraved art works.

Out of 24 wheels 6 are in either side of the main temple, 4 wheels are on each side of the Mukhasala (Entrance Door) and 2 wheels on each side of steps at eastern front.

The 24 wheels signifies 24 hours of a day and the 8 spokes signifies praharas (three hour period) of a day.

Konark wheel is used in Government of India official symbol and in some currency notes of Indian rupees. Now the replica of Konark wheel is available in Stone, silver and wood are having good demand in market.

Thank you so much for Spotlight my dear friend -Warren ~Mangione~

Thanks Rajeev Jadhav, my good friend for spotlight!!!

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  • Dennis Burlingham

    Dennis Burlingham gave props (4 Sep 2011):

    Love the detail

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (4 Sep 2011):

    Fabulous, Saroj! The detail is amazing!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (4 Sep 2011):

    Warren and Dennis are both correct! Thanks for the excellent narrative.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (4 Sep 2011):

    Wonderful texture and meaning, Saroj!

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (4 Sep 2011):

    Handsome photo; and the text is most appreciated. Namaste.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (4 Sep 2011):

    A geometrical rush--great balance and varied colours

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (4 Sep 2011):

    Great texture ...

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    great shot, fantastic detail

  • Sambit Chatterjee

    Sambit Chatterjee gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    Awesome!!! Nice detail!

  • Angela Gonzalez

    Angela Gonzalez gave props (6 Sep 2011):

    Great shot!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato said (8 Sep 2011):

    I got to see the temple as a whole in other photos, the detail that you suggested us an idea of how valuable it is in the details. Thank you for your small and valuable lessons of culture and art of your wonderful country, I plan to visit.

  • dL

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  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (8 Sep 2011):

    Great and creative !!!!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (8 Sep 2011):

    Simply stunning artisty...what grand detail..I love the small dainging dieties...What a magnificent place...If I ever visit, you must take me here...What an awesome place..

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (9 Sep 2011):

    Thank you Rajeev!!!

  • Min Chai Liu

    Min Chai Liu gave props (9 Sep 2011):

    Thank you Saroj for posting this shot... Narration is very well written.. I appreciate your effort on this front. Though wish to do same.. My long cherish dream

  • Katherine Nak

    Katherine Nak   gave props (9 Sep 2011):

    Fabulous art!

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