Pradeep Pattanayak

The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has defaced the beauty of world-famous Sun temple at Konark in Puri. This severe allegation has been levelled against the ASI by none other than internally-acclaimed sand artist Padma Shri recipient Sudarsan Pattnaik. 

The ASI has installed LED lights at different locations to illuminate the black pagoda which is famous worldwide for its architectural marvel. But the way the lights have been installed has not gone down well with Pattnaik. 

He has compared the lighting arrangements to that of an opera party and alleged that the present lighting arrangement is only doing harm to the beauty of the temple. 

“When you look at the temple from a distance at night, a question regarding the lines of light on the temple wall will instantly come to your mind. I always welcome steps taken to illuminate the temple as per the specifications laid out in the Act. But I don’t think the present lighting system is doing any good to the beauty of the monument. The two lines visible on the temple are tarnishing the beauty of the monument,” alleged Pattnaik. 

Opposing the lighting arrangements, Pattnaik had earlier taken up the matter with the ASI authorities through a Tweet. 

Seconding Pattnaik's claim, Konark Suraksha Samiti also demanded the removal of present lighting arrangements. 

“The stones on the wall of the temple have been damaged. The lighting has so been arranged as to hide the damages. We demand the real shape should be brought to the fore and the beauty of the temple should be enhanced,” said secretary, Konark Suraksha Samiti, Ramkrushna Mohanty.

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