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Rampant Lion, Konarak Temple


Dr Avantika Lal
by Bernard Gagnon
published on 20 December 2019
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This is a sculpture found in the Konarak Sun Temple, Odisha state, India. It shows a rampant lion standing upon a crouching elephant, the whole sculpture being supported on a pedestal. Though covered with plaster, the original colour of the sculpture was dark red, patches of which are still visible. The details are intricately carved and show excellent workmanship. This sculpture, along with its twin, lies in front of the eastern stairs of the bhoga-mandapa (hall) of the temple.

The Konarak Sun Temple was built in the 13th century CE (around 1250 CE) by King Narasimhadeva I (1238 – 1264 CE) of the Eastern Ganga dynasty (8th century CE - 15th century CE).

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