The Black Pagoda “Konark”

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© Saroj Swain
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UploadedSeptember 21, 2011
TakenJuly 7, 2009
Exposure1/320 sec at f/3.5
FlashRed Eye, Auto-Mode, Return light not detected
Focal Length6.3 mm
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Konark derives its name from Kona (corner) and Arka (sun) which combined means the “sun of the corner”. The Sun temple of the Konark was built by King Narshimha Dev-I of Ganga dynasty in 1250 AD. The entire temple of Konark was conceived as a single piece of sculpture. It is said that in its construction process about 12, 00 sculptors worked for 12 years. The highly skilled master architecture and sculptor Bishu Maharana was the master mind of this famous master piece. This temple was witnessed the saga of Dharmapada who made life sacrifice for it when he was only a boy of 12 years.

Every year in winter these temples come alive with classical dance performances by artists from all over India. It is the venue for Konark dance festival. European sailors called it as “Black Pagoda”. It has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

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  • Min Chai Liu

    Min Chai Liu gave props (21 Sep 2011):

    beautiful it a lot.. Great going

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (21 Sep 2011):

    What a beautiful structure with lots of steps : )

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (21 Sep 2011):

    this is a fantastic structure... What does it represent? great composition.....


    PINAKI SARKAR gave props (21 Sep 2011):

    one of the places I will have my on to go list. great shot

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (21 Sep 2011):

    An amazing structure!! Well captured. The inclusion of people in the shot help define just how large it is.

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (22 Sep 2011):

    lovely place

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel (Deleted) gave props (22 Sep 2011):

    Interesting structure Saroj. What is this place? Great shot!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (22 Sep 2011):

    Beautiful, your sights are really fascinating

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (22 Sep 2011):

    What a gorgeous structure, and a fantastic capture!!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (23 Sep 2011):


  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    Very beautiful, Saroj! And what a magnificant tribute to the expert craftmanship of the many people who worked tirelessly to sculpt it. Thank you for the very informative narrative. This is a lovely photo and a place I would love to visit!!

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    ty so much for sharing this capture of that beautiful temple. i would love to be there to see it for myself

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    An amazing structure and great narrative, Saroj!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    very interesting and a beautiful capture Saroj

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    An amazing piece of ancient history! Beautiful image, Saroj!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner gave props (23 Sep 2011):

    Fasinating !!! Well done !!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (25 Sep 2011):

    WOW!! How awesome!!!!!!!!

  • Nikola Matovina

    Nikola Matovina (Deleted) gave props (25 Sep 2011):

    very good...

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (26 Sep 2011):

    hea foto-tabatud väga hästi

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (26 Sep 2011):

    This is fascinating! Nice shot.

  • Robin

    Robin said (27 Sep 2011):

    Wonderful background story and beautiful capture! It boggles the mind to think of the amount of work that went into this!

  • venica villafuerte

    venica villafuerte said (28 Sep 2011):

    nice... amazing structure.. great shot....! i wonder whats inside of that structure..?

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (29 Sep 2011):

    It was carved from one rock?...regardless a fantastic story and great photograph of an ancent structure still used does not see many examples of fine craftsmanship like this in the States...I would love to visit this holy place...

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