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This is one of the 24 wheels of the famous Sun temple of Konark,orissa.

The temple was built by King Narsingha Deva(Ad 1238-64) of the Ganga dynasty.It is a masterpiece of Orissa's medieval architecture.
The entire temple has been conceived as a chariot of the sun god with 24 wheels, each about 10 feet in diameter,with a set of spokes and elaborate carvings.
The spokes of these wheels serve as sundials,
and the shadows formed by these can give the precise time of the day.Seven horses drag the temple.

The Konark temple is widely known not only
for its architectural grandeur but also for the
intricacy and profusion of sculptural work.
The sculpture mostly depicts loving couples locked in ingenious amatory postures drawn from the Kama Sutra - a feature that may well explain the comment made by one of great poet of Mughal Dynasty,Abdul Fazl, in the sixteenth century: "Even those who are difficult to please," he enthused, "stand astonished at its sight."

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