Jaganamohana, Konarak Sun Temple


Dr Avantika Lal
by Subhrajyoti07
published on 20 December 2019

This image shows the remains of the temple at Konarak (Konark), Odisha state, India. 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).

The temple originally possessed the sanctum housing the deity covered by a huge curvilinear tower (shikhara), and the jaganamohana or the assembly hall. The latter has a pyramidal roof built up by a secession of receding platforms known as pidhas. Both structures are squares internally and use a common platform. The exterior is variegated into projections known in this style as rathas or pagas which create effects of light and shade.

The sanctum including the magnificent shikhara has been lost with time. Today, only the jaganamohana and the pillared bhoga mandapa (refectory hall), also known as the nata mandapa (dancing hall) owing to the numerous sculptures of dancers and musicians on its walls and pillars in front, are what remain. This image shows the jaganamohana with its pyramidal roof.

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