Binda Paranjape

Sun Temple of Konark: An Architectural Metaphor
The Sun temple of Konark is situated on the eastern coast of India. It is one of the monuments declared as the World Heritage Monument. It was constructed in the 13th Century during the reign of Narasimhadevi, from Ganga dynasty. This temple is studied from various perspectives. In her lecture, Paranjape will explore Konark as a culmination of temple architecture, the philosophical roots of the structure, the sun worship and various aspects of solar phenomena connected with the temple, and its artistic value. She will also discuss Konark as a mark of Orissan identity and the literary works associated with the temple from the classical period into modern times.
Binda Paranjape is Associate Professor in the Department of History in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Banaras Hindu University. She received her doctorate from Deccan College at the University of Pune (1989).