Monday, June 30, 2014
Sun Temple - INDIA - UNESCO #246
This peculiar postcard shows a reproduction of a special edition stamp issued in India dedicated to the Sun temple, built in Konârak 800 years ago right on the shores of the Bay of Bengal and a outstanding testimony to the kingdom of Orissa. Thank you very much Akhil for this nice addition to my UNESCO collection (413 down, 594 to go). This postcard took 13 days to arrive!
On the shores of the Bay of Bengal, bathed in the rays of the rising sun, the temple at Konârak is a monumental representation of the sun god Surya's chariot; its 24 wheels are decorated with symbolic designs and it is led by a team of six horses. Built in the 13th century, it is one of India's most famous Brahman sanctuaries. A unique artistic achievement, the temple has raised up those lovely legends which are affiliated everywhere with absolute works of art: its construction caused the mobilization of 1,200 workers for 12 years.