Place: Orissa – India
This temple is built by King Narasimha Deva-I of the Ganga Dynasty. Legends say that the temple was built by 1200 peoples in 12 years. And this temple was built in sea. Now the sea has moved away from this temple. When king demanded to finish the temple, they had one missing piece to be completed on the top of the temple. But none of the 1200 people could climb the temple in order to finish it. Then Dharmapada the 12 year old son of the chief architect Bisu Maharana arrived there as a visiting onlooker. He observed the architecture of temple. Eventhough he did not had any practical experience on the architecture he studied it very soon. Then he climbed the temple and finished the last missing piece on the top. When the king found out that 12 Year kid could do what 1200 people failed he ordered to execute 1200 people. But Dharmapada felt very guilty, so he sacrificed his life to save his community. His body was found on the sea beach at the foot of the temple.
The temple was built in the form of huge chariot of the Sun god fitted with 24 wheels i.e. 12 wheels in both the sides and 7 horses in front of the temple. The alignment of the Sun Temple is on the east-west direction.
This 24 wheels signify 24 hours of the day and the 7 horses stand for 7 days of a week. Some also say that this 24 wheels stand for 24 fortnights of the year and 7 horses represent 7 colors of the Sun ray. The 8 spokes in the wheel symbolize 8 Praharas of the day and the entire wheel has been worked out as a Sun-clock to know time according to the position of the Sun during the day time.