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Konark Festival

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Konark Festival

Follow the rainbow across the scintillating sea shore at Konark to the magnificent portals of a temple. .

Thirty five km. to the north-east of Puri is the World Heritage Monument, the Sun Temple of Konark.Twelve hundred craftsmen had toiled hard for 12 long years to erect this monumental wonder where 12 year's revenue was spent. Modeled after the floating chariot of the mythical Sun God, with twelve pairs of exquisitely carved stone wheels and seven galloping horses, the temple is a quintessence of imaginative craftsmanship of ancient Orissa. . And the kings, queens, generals, foot soldiers, sages, priests, elephants, horses, courtiers and courtesans depicted on the walls and the panels with finesse open a window to the nostalgic times of medieval Orissa.
Replete with figures of dancers andmusicians, the Natamandir(Hall of Dance), a detached part of the temple is a complete lexicon of Odisi Dance. As a fitting tribute to the immortal artisans of this amaging edifice, Orissa Tourism organizes a Dance Festival from 1st to 5th December every year.

The annual Konark Festival, which is held in an open air auditorium with the temple as the backdrop, showcases a magical parade of India's classical and traditional dance forms. Eminent dancers and their troupe delight visitors in the wintry evening of early December with dramatic choreographies..

Besides, the dance performances, the visitors are treated, to an Artist Camp, and a Craft Mela(Handicrafts Fair). Sand Art exhibition is an aditional attraction during the festival. .