Complete solarisation of Konark Sun Temple and Konark town launched
Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-I – Culture & GS-III- Energy; Environment
- Government of India has launched a scheme for 100% solarisation of Konark sun temple & Konark town in Odisha.
- The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will be responsible for the solarisation.
- Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) shall implement the project.
- The Scheme aims to set up 10 MW grid connected solar project and various solar off-grid applications like solar trees, solar drinking water kiosks, etc.
- There will be 100% Central Financial Assistance (CFA) support of around Rs. 25 Crores.
- The scheme will meet all the energy requirements of Konark town with solar energy.
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Konark Sun Temple
- It is a 13th-century CE Sun temple at Konark on the coastline of Odisha, India.
- The temple is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty about 1250 CE.
- It is dedicated to the Hindu Sun God Surya.
- This temple was called the “Black Pagoda” in European sailor accounts.
- It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984.
- It is a major pilgrimage site for Hindus,
- Large number of devotees gather here every year for the Chandrabhaga Mela around the month of February.
Image source: Konark Sun Temple