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Konark will now light up its Sun Temple with solar energy

Published: 7th Mar, 2022


The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has taken up the complete solarisation of Konark Sun Temple and Konark town in Odisha.


About Scheme:

  • The scheme plans to set up the 10-MW grid-connected solar project and various solar off-grid applications such as solar trees, solar drinking water kiosks, and off-grid solar power plants with battery storage,
  • It is not just the temple; even the Konark town will be covered as part of the scheme.
  • The implementation of this project will be done by the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA)
  • Also, 100% central financial assistance of around 25 crores from the Government of India through the MNRE.

About Konark Sun Temple:

  • The temple is a World Heritage Site is situated in the eastern state of Odisha and is a massive temple dedicated to the Sun God temple.
  • The alignment of the Sun Temple is in the east-west direction.
  • Great poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote of Konark: “Here the language of stone surpasses the language of man.”
  • The main Temple was called by European sailors "The Black Pagoda" as it formed an important landmark for them in their coastal voyage.
  • It forms part of the golden triangle of Odisha, along with Puri and Bhubaneswar, and attracts tourists, pilgrims, and history and art lovers.
  • It was built by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga dynasty from 1238-1250 CE.
  • The Sun temple belongs to the Kalinga School of Indian Temples.
  • Its architecture has all the defining elements of the Kalinga architecture. It includes:
    • Shikhara (crown)
    • Jagmohana (audience hall)
    • Natmandir (dance hall)
    • Vimana (tower)
  • In Kalinga Architecture, basically a temple is made in two parts, a tower and a hall.
    • The tower is called deula
    • The hall is called jagmohan.
  • The walls of both the deul and the jagmohan are lavishly sculpted with architectural motifs and a profusion of figures.
  • The most repeated form is the horseshoe shape, which has come from the earliest times, starting with the large windows of the chaitya-grihas.
  • Examples of Kalinga architecture:
    • Rajarani temple (Bhubaneshwar)
    • Jagannath Temple, Puri

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