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Konark- The land of rich heritage
Konark is situated in the Puri district in the Orissa state, which is now popular as Odisha. Not only from India, but people from overseas visit the region of Konark to witness the intricate architecture of magnificent temples housed in the heart of Konark. Beaches make Konark more than just perfect, as they add to the soothing and calming effects of holy region of Konark. Arka-Tirtha is another name for Konark. The name Konark has been derived from two words, Kona symbolizing corner and Arka symbolizing the sun.
Monuments and temples of Konark region clearly reflect the true Oriyan architecture. The Sun Temple is a must visit on your trip to Konark, as this majestic 700 year old temple is a masterpiece in its own. The two most popular shrines named Mayadevi Temple and Vaishnava Temple are showcased inside Sun Temple. One of the best times to visit Konark is during its World famous dance festival in which talented dancers get together to bring this festival to life and add more grace to it. The ambience and enthusiasm experienced during the performance of these eminent dancers is beyond words to describe. This festival lasts up to 5 days and the tourist count in Konark at this time is at its pinnacle.
Another popular festival for which Konark is known worldwide is called Sun Festival. During the celebrations pilgrims take a holy dip in the sea before sunrise and offer their holy prayers to seek blessings from the Sun god, called Surya.