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Tag: Konark Sun Temple

Union Steel Minister
Union Steel Minister In Awe Of 800 Year Old Iron Beams In Konark Sun Temple

Singh was surprised to see the massive Iron beams used in the construction of the UNESCO World Heritage temple which haven’t corroded much even after 800 years of exposure to salty air and water

Rampant Illegal Sand Mining Threat To World Famous Konark Sun Temple, Flora Fauna
Rampant Illegal Sand Mining Threat To World Famous Konark Sun Temple, Flora Fauna

The magnitude at which the sand mafias are excavating sand from Balibanta will have a catastrophic impact on the Sun temple and the rich biodiversity. 

Experts Work Out On Structural Safety Plans For Konark Sun Temple Post Sand Excavation
Experts Work Out On Structural Safety Plans For Konark Sun Temple Post Sand Excavation

The experts shed light on the ancient techniques using which the famous Sun temple was constructed and the present condition of the shrine's physical structure.

World Tourism Day: No 'Sun' Rise day In Odisha
Odisha's 'Best Kept Secret' Out: Konark Sun Temple, Monuments In Golden Triangle No More Fav Of Tourists

The golden triangle is no more the pole star for tourists. Odisha takes a backseat in fort tourism when it's a trending craze among the visitors - domestic and foreign  

Samaleswari Temple
Temples, Religious Places In Puri, Sambalpur Reopen Today, No Decision On Srimandir Yet

After remaining out of bounds for over three months, temples and religious places in Puri and Sambapur districts reopened today for devotees amid strict adherence to Covid safety protocols

Konark Sun Temple Reopens For Visitors

The world heritage site which had remained out of bounds for the tourists due to Covid-19 pandemic has been thrown open for the visitors today amid strict guidelines

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Covid Second Wave: All ASI Monuments Closed For Visitors Till May 15

With the situation across India worsening amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Archaeology Survey of India (ASI) on Thursday decided to shut all its monuments, museums, and protected sites till May 15 as a precautionary measure. In the order, ASI stated that due to prevailing Covid situation, it has been decided to close all the Centrally Protected Monuments, Sites and Museums under Archaeological Survey of India till May 15, 2021 until further orders.

Swachh Iconic Places: Konark Sun Temple Among 12 Sites Taken Up In Fourth Phase

Bhubaneswar: The Konark Sun Temple is among the list of 12 iconic sites which will be covered under Phase IV of the special clean-up campaign- Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) in India. The Centre has recently announced the list of iconic sites which will be taken up under the Swachh Bharat Mission. Apart from Konark, the […]

Konark Sun Temple Reopens With Cap On Visitors

Konark: The world famous heritage site of Sun Temple at Konark in Puri district reopened on Tuesday after remaining out of bounds for visitors for more than five months in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. The monument has been thrown open for public as per the unlock 4 guidelines of the central government as well […]

COVID-19: No Entry For Visitors In Puri Till July 31

Puri: In view of the rising COVID-19 cases, the pilgrim town of Puri will remain out of bounds especially for visitors from today. Puri Collector Balwant Singh informed that the decision to restrict the movement of people as well as visitors from the State and outside has been taken as there has been a significant […]

Sun Temple, Konark Town To Be Fully Solarised, Centre To Spend Rs 25 Crore

Bhubaneswar: The world-famous Sun Temple and the tourist town of Konark in Puri district will be completely solarised to develop it into a Surya Nagri meaning ‘solar city’. The Centre has launched a scheme for the complete solarisation of Sun Temple and Konark town and earmarked Rs 25 crore to implement the project. Informing about […]

COVID-19 Scare: Puri Administration Asks Tourists To Vacate Hotels In 2 Days

Puri/Bhubaneswar: The district administration of the pilgrim town of Puri on Wednesday has asked tourists to vacate hotel rooms within two days in view of the preventive measures put in place by the Odisha government over novel coronavirus, a senior official said. Hotels and lodges have been directed not to make fresh bookings till March […]

Column: Marketing Our Heritage

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Union Minister for tourism and culture, Prahlad Singh Patel’s announcement that the Konark sun temple will soon find a place in the list of country’s iconic sites to be developed by the central government must have re-assured the people of Odisha who had been hurt by its non-inclusion in the original […]

Odisha Govt Gears Up For Peripheral Development of Konark Sun Temple

Konark: After Jagannath Temple in Puri and Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar, the Odisha government has begun process for peripheral development of the Konark Sun Temple. As per reports, Works Secretary of Odisha government Krishan Kumar and Puri district Collector Balwant Singh visited Konark Temple on Tuesday evening and reviewed the situation. Both of them reportedly […]

Complete Puri Srimandir's Nata Mandap Repair Work In 4 Months: Orissa HC Directs ASI

Cuttack: Taking cognizance of the inordinate delay in the repair works in Puri Jagannath Temple, Orissa High Court on Monday directed the Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Usha Sharma to complete the repair of the temple’s Nata Mandap within four months. ASI DG, who made a personal appearance in High Court […]

ASI Barricades At Konark Sun Temple Sparks Resentment

Puri: Resentment is brewing among tourists as well as local residents over the closure of passage connecting the Konark Sun Temple with Nabagraha temple via iron-barricades erected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). As a mark of protest, members of Nabagraha Sevak Society and Konark Surakshya Samiti staged a demonstration today alleging that the […]

Konark Sun Temple Visiting Hours Tweaked

Puri: The visiting hours for tourists at the Konark Sun Temple have been revised keeping in view of the onset of winter in Odisha. As per reports, the visiting hours for tourists into the temple have been cut short by one hour after the announcement of new timing which is from 6 AM to 6 […]

Konark Sun Temple's Iron Scaffoldings To Be Removed

Puri: The iron scaffoldings put up at Konark Sun Temple will soon be removed, informed Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). In this regard, a three-member team of Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) from Roorkee led by scientist Siddharth Behera inspected the temple today. The CBRI team, accompanied by an engineering team of ASI, inspected the […]

Iconic Tourist Sites: Odisha’s Puri and Konark cannot be overlooked, says Union Minister

Bhubaneswar/ New Delhi: Odisha’s Puri Jagannath Temple and Konark Sun Temple will get ‘iconic heritage’ tag and as they assume historical importance, nobody can overlook them, said Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of State Tourism Ministers’ Conference held in New Delhi on Tuesday, Patel said, “Puri and Konark […]

Shortage Of Entry Tickets Sparks Tension At Konark Sun Temple

Konark: Tension prevailed at world famous Konark Sun Temple here today after hundreds of tourists expressed their dissatisfaction over shortage of entry tickets into the temple. Sources said, the Sun Temple witnessed heavy footfall on occasion of holiday today as more than five thousand tourists reportedly visited the 13th century shrine. However, as per the […]

Op-Ed: Odisha Must Showcase Its Best On Tourism Front

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Odisha BJP leaders have made a strong pitch for Puri Jagannath temple and the sun temple at Konark being included in the list of Centre’s iconic tourist sites. This was expected of them because like most other Odias they must have felt disappointed at none of the state monuments finding a […]

Pradhan seeks inclusion of Srimandir, Konark Temple in Iconic Tourist destinations

Bhubaneswar:  After a single heritage site from Odisha was not included in the list of 17 sites to be developed as ‘Iconic Tourist Destinations’ as announced by the Centre in the Union Budget 2019-20, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has stressed on inclusion of Sun Temple and Puri Jagannath temple in the ambitious scheme. In a […]

Light and sound show resumes in Konark Sun Temple

Puri: The much awaited light and sound show at Konark Sun Temple, which had to be temporarily suspended following extensive damage during cyclone Fani, resumed on Friday. As per reports, the visitors can witness two shows between 7:30 to 9 PM on a daily basis. One can get a glimpse of the glorious history behind […]

Konark Sun Temple reopens 11 days after Fani

Konark: The Konark Sun Temple which had suffered minor damages in cyclone Fani was reopened for visitors today. Visitors were allowed entry inside the UNESCO World Heritage site, 11 days after cyclone Fani, through manual tickets. The garden of the temple was extensively damaged in the cyclone with trees that once stood tall and enhanced […]

Russian tourists detained for flying drones over Konark Sun Temple

Puri: Two Russian nationals were detained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials today for flying a drone equipped with high definition cameras over the Sun Temple at Konark. According to sources, the foreign nationals were immediately detained after the ASI officials spotted them flying a drone over the Sun Temple premises. Later, the […]

No threat to structural stability of Konark Sun Temple: Union Culture Minister

Bhubaneswar: The Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Maheshwar Sharma today reiterated that there is absolutely ‘no threat’ to the structural stability of the Sun Temple at Konark which is one of the prominent world heritage sites. After attending a high-level meeting with senior officials of Odisha government, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) […]

No threat to Konark Sun Temple: Union Culture Minister

New Delhi: Allaying concerns and refuting media reports regarding the structural stability of the Konark Sun Temple, Union Culture Minister, Mahesh Sharma today categorically stated that there is absolutely ‘no threat’ to the world heritage structure in Odisha. After discussing the issue with a delegation from Odisha at a high-level meeting held at New Delhi […]

Abhijit Iyer's arrest not justified: Amnesty India

Bhubaneswar: Non-government organisation, Amnesty India has come out in support of journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, arrested over derogatory remarks on the Konark Sun Temple and comments against Odisha MLAs. In a tweet, the NGO said that Odisha govt must release Mitra as a criminal case for such conduct is not justified. “The Odisha govt must release […]

Konark Temple
CM Naveen writes to Centre over ASI replacing stone carvings at Konark Temple

Bhubaneswar: Worried over reports of replacement of stone carvings at Konark Sun Temple by Archaeological Survey Of India (ASI), Odisha government today urged the Centre to look into the sensitive issue. In a letter to Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has sought the Centre’s intervention based on a news report […]

Support pours in for Abhijit Iyer as social media condemns arrest

Bhubaneswar: Following the arrest of journalist Abhijit-Iyer Mitra for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Odisha and Konark Sun Temple, social media users today condemned such step by Odisha police terming it as bizarre and violation of freedom of speech. People from all walks of life including writers, historians and reputed names in national media reacted […]

Abhijit-Iyer-Odisha remand and twitter details
Police to rummage through Twitter, phone & mail details of Abhijit Iyer-Mitra

Bhubaneswar: Delhi-based journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra seems to be in more troubled waters after Konark Police took him on a four-day remand. Soon, the Saheed Nagar Police also sought from Twitter postings in his account besides his phone and mail ID details. Sources claimed the Saheed Nagar Police has asked Twitter to provide details of Abhijit […]

Abhijit Iyer Mitra arrested by Commissionerate Police; sent to judicial custody

Bhubaneswar: Hours after appearing before the House Committee of the Odisha Assembly, Delhi-based journalist Abhijit Iyer Mitra was arrested by Commissionerate Police today. According to sources, Abhijit was arrested in connection with a case registered against him at Sahid Nagar Police Station over his derogatory remarks on Odisha and Konark Sun Temple. Later, he was […]

Abhijit-Iyer-Odisha remand and twitter details
Abhijit Iyer directed to file affidavit & appear before House Committee on Nov 2

Bhubaneshwar: The State Assembly House Committee today sought an affidavit from Delhi-based journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra in connection with his derogatory remarks on Odisha, Konark Sun Temple and the State MLAs. The decision was taken following a meeting of the House committee chaired by Narasingha Mishra in presence of other members of the panel after Iyer deposed before […]

I will be standing in front of Odisha Assembly on Oct 23: Abhijit Iyer-Mitra

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Seeking an apology once again for his ‘derogatory’ remarks on the Konark Sun Temple, Delhi-based journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra today stated that he will appear in person before the Odisha Assembly on October 23. Reiterating that he will be cooperating in the investigation process, Mitra, while speaking to news agency ANI said, “I would […]

Supreme Court rejects Abhijit Iyer's bail plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) today rejected the bail plea of journalist Abhijit Iyer Mitra in connection with a case filed against him for making objectionable remarks about Odisha and Konark Sun Temple. Declining to provide relief from arrest, the apex court said as the scribe has hurt religious sentiments of people, bail cannot […]

Konark remains out of bound for tourists due to agitation by locals

Konark: Hundreds of tourists were stranded after all the roads connecting to Konark were blocked by members of Konark Bhu Suraksha Committee demanding urgent measures to resolve land related disputes. Visitors from different parts of the country had to face hardship as they could not visit Konark and other tourist destinations. “I had come along […]

Entry fee of Konark Sun Temple hiked, locals lock ticket counter

Konark: Tourists visiting Sun Temple in Konark will have to shell out some extra bucks as the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) hiked the entry fee to the monument from Rs 30 to Rs 40. Following the revised rates, foreign visitors will now have to pay Rs 600- Rs 100 more than what they used […]

Waterlogging threat to Konark Sun Temple: CM seeks Centre's intervention

Bhubaneswar: Initiating measures to save the pride of Odisha’s culture and heritage, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday shot a letter to Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma urging an immediate intervention into the water drainage problem at the Sun Temple of Konark. In his letter, Patnaik stated that the flooding problem in Konark Temple poses a […]

Dharmendra inaugurates Sun Temple beautification project

Konark: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated the development and beautification project of the world-famous Konark Sun Temple undertaken by the Indian Oil Foundation (IOF), a non-profit trust of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) on the ocassion of Utkal Dibasa on Sunday. Odisha has completed 82 years of its formation on linguistic basis after a […]

Tourists vacate Konark Temple after bee attack

Konark: Honey bees swarmed the Konark Sun Temple premises again today leaving the tourists terrorized. According to sources, scared tourists have vacated the temple after few tourists were stung by the bees.