The Secrets of Sun Temple Wheel at Konark, Odisha
The Secrets of Sun Temple Wheel at Konark, Odisha
Wheel has consistently been an essential and integral part of Indian religion, philosophy and various iconography.
Chakra signifies ‘wheel’ in Sanskrit. There are seven chakras —
Root chakra (Muladhara, which is liable for your conviction that all is good and dependability, the root chakra is focused at the foundation of your spine)
Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana). …
Solar plexus chakra (Manipura). …
Heart chakra (Anahata). …
Throat chakra (Vishuddha). …
Third eye chakra (Ajna). …
Crown chakra (Sahasrara).
These are the seven wheels of energy centres in the astral body…. Chakras are amazing energy centres in the body. Despite the fact that they are imperceptible to the eye, these wheels of profound energy centres balance the body and the soul.I would not get in to the details of these in this present write-up.
At the point when one practices Dharma, one is rehearsing the lessons of Buddha and shielding oneself from affliction and wiping out obliviousness, accordingly working on one’s personal satisfaction. These lessons were depicted as a wheel since they move and travel all through the land and afterward individuals can rehearse command over their minds and not get affected by the cycle of birth and rebirth.In the hands of Lord Vishnu, the wheel is adorned as a weapon.The God of preservation protects every individual using his Dharma Chakra , otherwise known as Sudarshan.
The wheels of Sun temple at Konark were being utilised as sundials to calculate time with absolute precision up to a minute both during day and night. The sundial has 8 major spokes that devide 24 hours in to 8 equal parts( time gap between two major spokes is 3hrs). There are 8 minor spokes as well. Each minor spoke runs between two major spokes. The time gap between one major spoke and a minor spoke 1.5 hours. Again there are 30 beads in between one major and one minor spoke, so one bead is equivalent to 3 mins…One has to place his/her finger at the center of the axle and the shadow of the finger on the outer periphery of the wheel indicates the time of the day at that moment.
The temple is said to symbolize the passage of time, which is assumed to be governed by the Sun God.The temple is designed as a chariot consisting of 24 such wheels, 12 on each side of the sanctom sanctorum ( Garbha Gruha) and the entrance hall ( Jagamohan) taken together. Each wheel has a diameter of 9 feet, 9 inches.
Calculation of time precisely up to a minute, each bead equivalent to 3 mins
I am attaching herewith a YouTube video of Praveen Mohan in this regard for a better understanding.
Intricately carved sculptures on wheels
Ruined sculpture of a horse with a warrior.
(These are iron beams kept in the premises of Sun temple at Konark. It seems as if a large number of smaller iron square bars have been joined to build huge iron beams.(???) . Apart from khandolite and Chlorite rocks , iron beams and clamps have been used in the construction of temples. So the use iron ore and their crude metallurgical treatment over 800 years back is apparent…)
The wheels of the Sun Temple at Konark are additionally emblematic and have been deciphered as the ‘Wheel of Life’. They depict the pattern of creation, safeguarding and accomplishment of acknowledgment. They are extravagantly sculptured all over. The thick or major spokes are completely carved with circular emblems at their centers on the spacious part of the face. The axels of the wheels project by around one foot from the surface, having comparative improvements at their finishes. The edges are carved with plans of foliages with different birds and creatures, though the emblems in the spokes are carved with the figures of ladies in different rich sensual postures, for the most part of sexy nature.There are hints on these wheels that our modern day people have neglected for quite a long time. Notice how a lady awakens and takes a gander at a mirror toward the beginning of the day. Notice how she is extending her limbs , feeling tired after a day long labour , being worn out and all set to rest. Furthermore, you can likewise see that she is taking part in sex during night. For quite a long time, so called modern people had no knowledge in this regard and have overlooked these clues and thought that these were carvings of Hindu Goddesses.
These wheels may likewise potentially address the twelve Zodiacs.
Incredible Wheel of Konark Sun Temple
There are several unsolved mysteries having no unanimity regarding the following aspects till date as far as the Sun temple at Konark is concerned. Several researchers have written innumerable reports regarding the literary sources( including legendary, mythological and travel accounts of foreign travellers of early times) epigraphic sources, numismatic evidences, excavations etc. all centered on the Sun Temple at Konark, but nothing concrete and unanimous has come out about the following aspects….
# when the main curvilinear tower of the temple got collapsed?
# the reason behind the collapse of the temple?
# the elephant found subdued lying crushed below the lion!! What may be the possible reason behind it?
# Though there was no source of Khandolite rocks in the nearby areas, but it is always awe-inspiring to think that such huge amount of rocks were being brought to the temple building site from far-off areas through rafts( made of huge logs of timber fastened together and used as a floating platform) may be through Prachi / Kadua River which is dead now…
# use of large pieces of magnets in the temple construction for which the main Sun idol was in a floating condition just above the high raised pedestal of the Sun God inside the sanctum sanctorum. And again the lodestone magnet installed on the top of the sanctom sanctorum was capable of dragging the ships sailing in the coastal areas towards the coast , leading to shipwrecks !!! How far was this true?
# Both the Sun God ( SURYA) in KONARK and the SunGod in karnak( meditarranean coast) in Egypt are lying in nearby latitude…. Konark : 19°53′27″N 86°06′01″E
Karnak : 25°43′7″ N 32°39′31″E
The latitudinal difference is only 6 deg which is not much. Again the latitude of Modhera Sun temple( Gujarat ) is 23.5 degree north.There must be a reason behind it…
several other similarities are also there.. what may be the possible reasons behind it???
Here is an image of Sun God being displayed in the on-site museum( ASI) at Konark..
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