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The Sun Temple of Konark

The Sun Temple of Konarak also known as the Black Pagoda because of the black tint of the stone used, stands in solitary splendour in the sands of the Chandrabhaga beach in the Bay of Bengal.
The temple built in the reign of King Narasinh deva (1234-64) and dedicated to the Sun God was conceived as a colossal 24-wheel chariot drawn by seven caparisoned horses.
It is now in ruins but whatever remains is a masterpiece of exquisite sculpture. It is said that if Konarak had not been allowed to fall into ruin it would have taken the place of the Taj Mahal as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

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