News:Government of India has launched a scheme for 100% solarisation of Konark sun temple and Konark town in Odisha.
- Objective: To develop the historical Sun temple town of Konark in Odisha as ‘Surya Nagri’ and to convey a message of synergy between the modern use of solar energy and the ancient Sun Temple.
- Implementation: Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency.
- Plan: It envisages setting up of the 10-MW grid connected solar project and various solar off-grid applications such as solar trees, solar drinking water kiosks and off-grid solar power plants with battery storage.
- Funding: 100% Central Financial assistance(CFA) support through the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
Konark Sun Temple:
- It was built in the 13th century by King Narasimhadeva I (AD 1238-1264) of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty and is located near the sacred city of Puri, Odisha.
- The temple is a classic example of the Odisha style of Architecture or Kalinga Architecture.
- It was given the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984 by UNESCO.
- The temple is carefully oriented towards the east so that the first rays of sunrise strikes the principal entrance.
- It was also known as Black Pagoda due to its tower which appeared as black and was also used as a navigational landmark by sailors to Odisha.