A small town in Puri District of Orissa, situated on the coast of Bay of Bengal is Konark. It is well-known for Sun Temple, also known as the Black Pagoda, which was built in the 13th century. This temple, a World Heritage Site, is now in ruins with some its sculptures preserved in the Sun Temple Museum.
The word Konark is derived from Sanskrit words and is a mix of two words, Kona meaning angle and Arka meaning Sun, which makes a clear reference to the temple which is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya.
In the month of December, Konark Dance Festival that is an annual dance festival is also celebrated where one can witness major Indian classical dance forms including Oddissi, the traditional classical dance form of Orissa. This festival is well-known all around the globe.
Apart from being an architectural marvel, this place has a lot of nature’s beauty as well surrounding the temple.