Odi: କୋଣାର୍କ kōṇārka

‘Angle of the Sun’  Temple, Odisha

From Skt: kōṇ, ‘corner’, ‘angle’; and  arka, ‘the sun’.

The temple here is dedicated to Surya, the sun god. The 13thC temple is an astonishing piece of architecture: it is designed as a stone chariot with sixteen wheels to carry the god across the sky on his daily run [see Arunachal Pradesh].

Much of the original temple is in ruins, although there have been valiant efforts to restore it over the years.

The wheels of the temple are sundials, which can be used to calculate time accurately to a minute [see VIDEO: The magic of the Konark Wheel | Konark Sun Temple].

For related place names see Indian Place names and Odisha place names.