World class interpretation centre, tourist facilities unveiled at Konark Sun Temple

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Apr 2018 08:52:07



A WORLD CLASS interpretation centre and other tourist facilities for visitors were on Sunday inaugurated at the Konark Sun Temple, coinciding with Utkal Diwas -- Odisha’s foundation day.

Inaugurating the facilities, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the Sun Temple is Odisha’s pride and it is important that the world is made aware of this architectural marvel, for which the interpretation centre is a step in that direction.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Pradhan complimented IndianOil Foundation (IOF), a trust formed by Indian Oil Corporation, for developing the visitor-friendly infrastructure and facilities.

He also complimented noted sculptor Raghunath Mahapatra for recreating the sculptural wealth of Konark Sun Temple at the interpretation centre for the benefit of both national and International visitors.

He said the modern amenities developed at the temple complex would attract more tourists in the future.
Shigeru Aoyagi, Director & UNESCO Representative to India, said UNESCO is continuously working for the preservation of heritage monuments, like the Sun Temple at Konark, across the world.

He hoped that the interpretation centre will not only educate the tourists about the rich history of the temple but also throw light on the natural and cultural heritage of Odisha.

Billed as an architectural marvel of eastern India and a remarkable symbol of India’s glorious cultural heritage, the Sun Temple is one of the important tourist attractions in the region.

Built in the 13th century, the temple was conceived as a gigantic chariot of the Sun God, with 12 pairs of exquisitely ornamented wheels pulled by seven horses.

Located about 35 kms from the temple town of Puri, the Sun Temple is majestic in conception and one of the most sublime monuments of India.