Carving at Konark Temple  
Carving at Konark Temple
Sun Temple of Konark
Konark Temple - At a Glance
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Fall of Konark
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The condition of the soil where the temple was to be erected, originally was so bad, that the chief architect, Bishu Maharana, who was entrusted with the work, became very much upset. But when there was no other way but to build on the same place on account of its sanctity, he with great difficulty managed to carry on the work. There was a contract between the king and workers, that no one will be allowed to go away until the whole work was completed.

Anyway the construction was going on, and it was nearing its completion, suddenly they were to face a difficulty on fixing up the Kalasa(finial) in its proper position. In the mean time the chief architect's son 'Dharmapada' came to see his father, as he was away from home for a long time. Dharmapada was born a month after his father's departure, and twelve years had gone by. He proceeded to the site to meet his father and saw that the leading builders were beset with certain problem. Though Bishu was glad to see his son, he could not conceal the fact of his not being able to put the Kalasa properly. He said, 'my boy, though the construction work is almost complete, we are experiencing some difficulties now in putting the finial. If we fail to do it within a resonable time, the king will detach our heads from our body'. On hearing this the boy immediately got up at the top and discovered something wrong in the work. He immediatly rectified the defect and made the Kalasa to go into its proper position. The work was done but the masons were still thinking of their fate, that if the king comes to know all about this, he will certainly think that the masons were not doing their job properly, which a little boy had done in such a short time. The boy was very much shocked and just to hush up the matter, got up and committed suicide, from the top. Many such stories whose accuracy, it is doubtful to assert, are in vogue.

Had he suddenly come under the spell of an uncontrollable ecstasy and a desire to be lost in the infinite after having fulfilled his life's mission? The popular legend says that he shirked the possibility of posterity crediting him for an achievement which was truly due to his father and his kinsmen.

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