There are two rows of 12 wheels on each side of the Konark sun temple. Some say the wheels represent the 24 hours in a day and others say the 12 months. The seven horses are said to symbolize the seven days of the week. There is a dancing hall here, an audience hall and a high tower too. Sailors once called this Sun Temple of Konarak the Black Pagoda because it was supposed to draw ships into the shore and cause shipwrecks.
The Vimana of the Deul has collapsed, while that of Jagamohana and the Nata-Mandapa are better preserved. The walls of the Sun temple in Konark contain superb carving of divine, semi-divine, human and animal figures amidst floral and geometric ornamentations. The sculptures render the Orissan temple a class unto themselves. Mighty Simha-Gajas welcome the visitor at the porches. visit this interesting Konark sun temple dedicated to the Sun God. The Sun Temple belongs to the medieval period embellished with intricate carvings both on the inside and outside.