Temple of the Sun

About this massive monument, the great poet Rabindranath Tagore said –  “here the language of stone surpasses the language of man”. Situated at the eastern coast of India, the Konark Sun Temple was built by King Narsimhadeva I of Ganga dynasty in the 13th century. It was designed in the form of a gorgeously decorated chariot of Sun god mounted on 24 wheels , each about 10 feet in diameter, and drawn by 7 mighty horses. Sun temple of Konark is a masterpiece of Orissa’s medieval architecture. It is a UNESCO world hertiage monument.

Trivia

  • The Konark temple is also known for its erotic sculptures of maithunas.
  • In one of the panels at the temple, there is a depiction of giraffe being gifted by West Asian traders to the king of Odisha. It shows Odisha’s long history of trade with Africa and Arabia. Some other experts believe that this animal is Okapi or Dromedary (Arabian camel). 
  • In another panel, there is lady wearing Japanese style sandals (Geta Sandals), proving the maritime relation of Odisha with east & south-east Asia.
  • At present it is located two kilometers from the sea, but originally the ocean came almost up to its base. Until fairly recent times, the temple was close enough to the shore to be used as a navigational point by European sailors, who referred to it as the ‘Black Pagoda’.

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Temple is open for public from sunrise to sunset

Entrance Fees are as follows:

Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar) – INR. 30 per head.

Citizen of other countries: US $ 5 or INR. 500/- per head

(children up to 15 years enter free)

How to reach?

Konark is connected by good all weather motorable roads. Regular Bus services are operating from Puri and Bhubaneswar. Besides Public transport Private tourist bus services and taxis are also available from Puri and Bhubaneswar.

 

Unesco-Konark


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Atlas of the Endangered Languages of the World

Languages Matter

In recent times, there has been a renewed interest in languages undergoing endangerment. Year 2008 being the international year of languages, has put sharper limelight on the plight of these languages. We must be aware here that centuries of our ignorance and marginalization has not only resulted in death of hundreds of these languages but also in the loss of the precious bio-cultural heritage accumulated over several thousands of years. Disciplines of Language documentation and language revitalization has emerged  as a response to this problem.  There has been some new developments recently on this front. UNESCO has been engaged in preparation of a new atlas of the endangered languages of the world.

The project is UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger.

This project has been given shape under the leadership of renowned linguist Dr Chris Mosley. Norwegian Government has played a considerable role in this project by being a major fund giver.

Visit this website for more information

http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?pg=00139

Recently Center for Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi organized and hosted an enlightening seminar focused on ‘Language Archiving in the 21st Century‘ (27th October 2009). The seminar was attended by Dr.Chris Mosley (UNESCO), Dr Peter Austin (SOAS London), Dr Anvita Abbi (JNU, Chief Organizer and chairperson), Dr Pramod K Pandey (JNU organizer), Dr K Subbarao (Delhi University), Dr Girish Nath Jha (JNU), Dr Veneeta Dayal (Rutgers University), Dr Chaitra Puttaswamy(IIT Kanpur), Ms Kalika Bali (Microsoft Research), Dr Ayesha Kidwai (JNU organizer), Dr Shreenathan (Dravidian University, Kuppam), Mr Pramod Kumar (JNU), Dr Gail Coelho (Australia), Mr Abhishek Avtans (CIH, Agra) and Mr Mayank Jain among others. The seminar was followed by a sumptmous dinner hosted by Center for Linguistics for participants and language lovers at JNU cafeteria.

Prior to seminar day Prof Peter Austin delivered a special public talk on the state of Linguistics and Language Documentation (26th October 2009) at JNU Campus

To view the detailed program of the seminar click below

Program_Language Archiving in the 21st Century