Puri by Rakhee Mullick


ROYAL GUARD OF KONARK :Sun Temple of Konark is renowned throughout the world for its stone sculptures. The eastern gateway which is the main entrance to the temple compound, is decorated with Gajasimha (Lion upon an elephant) images, with outward faces, installed on two high stone benches on either side of the passage. Two high stone benches are also provided at the inner sides, possibly meant for the guards to sit. According to the Hindu mythology, the lions resemble the pride, elephants resemble the wealth and both of them kill the human. The entire figure is made out of one piece of stone.