The entire temple is made in the form of a huge chariot of Sun God with 12 pairs of wheels (as you can see from this left side angle of the temple), represent the hours of the day, or possibly the months of a year. This solar chariot is drawn by seven horses, which are said to symbolize the days of the week.
Tried the @followmeto style for this pic, inspired by @muradosmann ☺☺☺ The huge wheels of the Konark Temple are one of the major attractions for visitors. They have been interpreted as the 'Wheel of Life' that portray the cycle of creation, preservation and achievement of realisation. The size and architecture of the 24 wheels is same but each one of them has been differently carved all over. They were used as Sun dials in ancient times to know the time of the day. 2 of the wheels show the time accurately from sun rise to sun set by the shadow of a finger placed on the spoke.
The temple was referred to as the 'Black Pagoda' due to its dark colour and its magnetic power that drew ships into the shore and caused shipwrecks, during olden times when it was nearer to the sea. The golden glow of the sunset imparts some softness to the rough stones of the temple as seen here.
A stone wheel engraved in the walls of the temple. The temple is designed as a chariot consisting of 24 such wheels, with a diameter of 9 feet, 9 inches, with 8 spokes. This symbolizes the Hindu iconography of Surya, the Sun God, who is represented as rising in the east and traveling across the sky in a chariot drawn by 7 horses.
Konark Sun Temple Series - Part 1 Concept courtesy : @yourworldmylens Constructed in the 13th century, the Konark Sun Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. It is dedicated to the Hindu Sun God, Surya and appears as a high chariot with immense wheels and horses, all carved from stone. Much of the temple is in ruins, but you can still see the intricate artwork, iconography, and themes. It has 24 elaborately carved stone wheels which are nearly 12 feet (3.7 m) in diameter, pulled by a set of seven horses.