This temple of India was called seafarers ‘Black Pagoda’, what is the secret behind it

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(Ritambhara, intern journalist) There are many historical temples in India, which have remained the center of attraction of people for centuries. One of these is the Sun Temple of Konark. It is one of the few Sun Temples in India, located in the city of Konark, 35 km northeast of Jagannath Puri in Orissa. This temple is a unique specimen of Odisha’s medieval architecture and this is why UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in the year 1984. Although this temple is famous all over the world for its mythology and faith, there are many other reasons as well, due to which people come from every corner of the world to see this temple.

The construction of this temple made of red sandstone and black granite stones has remained a mystery till now. Although it is believed that it was built by the then feudal king Narasimha Dev I of the Ganga dynasty in 1238-64 BC. At the same time, according to some mythology, this temple was built by Sambha, son of Lord Shri Krishna. The main temple of Konark is made up of three pavilions. Two of these pavilions have collapsed. At the same time, where the idol was installed in the third pavilion, the British had filled the sand and stones before independence and closed all the gates permanently, so that the temple could not be damaged further.

At one time, seafarers called this temple the ‘Black Pagoda’, as it is believed to have drawn ships, causing them to crash. Many mythologies are prevalent behind this. It is said that a 52-ton magnetic stone was installed on the summit of this temple, due to which large ships passing through the sea were drawn towards the temple, causing heavy damage to them. It is said that for this reason some sailors took out that stone and took it with them.

According to mythology, a 52-ton stone was acting as the central stone in the temple, leaving all the stones in the temple walls in balance. But due to its removal, the balance of the temple walls was lost and this caused the walls to collapse. However, no historical details of this incident are available, nor is there any description of the existence of any magnetic stone in the temple.