stone elephant - konark sun temple (india)


Elephant sculpture at the Konark Sun Temple (India)

Not sure if the human figure that the Decorated Elephant is holding is a Hindu deity.­

It could be a war elephant and an enemy soldier.­

The Konark Sun Temple is famous for the thousands of high-relief sculptures of Maithuna (sexual union in a ritual context).­

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State Highway 13, Ranihatsahi, Konark, Odisha 752111, India

Photos of the Konark Sun Temple (India)

The Konark Sun Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.­

This Temple is famous for the thousands of high-relief sculptures of Maithuna (sexual union in a ritual context).­

For more information about the Sun Temple, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Konark_­Sun_­Temple.

For more info about Maithuna, go to en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Maithuna

Photos of Asian Elephants (Thailand, Vietnam , Laos, Nepal and India)

This series includes live elephants and artistic representations like paintings and sculptures, and Ganesha the Hindu Elephant Deity, or Erawan the mythological three-headed white elephant.­

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­