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Old Jun 20, 2007, 6:18 AM   #11
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11. Depiction of "foreign trade" at that time, where a giraffe, an unknown species in India then,is being presented to the king!
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12. According to the guide, this is the only place where the builder of the temple, King Narasimhadeva, is featured in the whole complex. Unfortunately, even that stone slab is broken and only the upper portion is available.
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13. Vanaprastha, a ritual/practice of elderly people leaving homes for stay in forests or upper reaches to spend time in meditation for upliftment to heaven, was prevalent in those days. Here, an elderly person is seen blessing his children, a woman prostating at his knees and a grand child holding his legs pleading him not to go!
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Old Jun 20, 2007, 6:24 AM   #14
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14. A "life" scene - cartloads of things, cooking in "twin" stoves!
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15. Thepossibility thatthe temple has faced natural calamity cannot be discounted, as can be seen in the dislodged arm of the wheel here.
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16. The waist dress of the Sun God himself - I have not given the full picture because the arms are broken. Note the intricate designs/patterns carved on the "dhoti", the very thin cloththat men wear.
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17. The entrance to the entrance - the Dance Hall, which has three openings through which the sun's rays, reflected by the ocean which was just a few yards away when the temple was built, reached the main deity any day of the year wherever the sun was - the northern or southern tip of its oscillating journey. This is my family blocking the middle path.
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18. In bidding good-bye to this series, I present one of the most beautiful sculptures there, though it has eroded a bit. A maid is seen twisting and squeezing her plaits (hair) after bath, and a little swan standing by her side is drinkingthe water that travels through the hair and finally drops to the ground!

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Finally, I would like to say that Konark is a must-see for those who love art, architecture, human effort and nature. I have presented only a very small fraction of the enormous work available there. If youplan to visit India and visit Konark, dolet me know and I will refer you to the guide who took me around there. Remember, April to June is very hot and late June to September is likely to be rainy there.
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This is, without a doubt, the most stunning combination of art and architecture I have ever seen. Just amazing.

Thanks for bringingthis to us. I had never heard of this place before.


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