Added on October 5, 2010 by Sanmaya Comments (0)
The most popular theory about the root of the fall of Konark temple rests with the Kalapahad. According to the history of ODISHA, Kalapahad invaded ODISHA in 1508. He destroyed Konark temple, as well as a number of Hindu temples in ODISHA. The Madala Panji of Puri Jagannath temple describes how Kalapahad attacked ODISHA in 1568. Including Konark temple, he broke most of the images in most of the Hindu temples in ODISHA. Though it was impossible to break the Sun temple of Konark, the stone walls of which are of 20 to 25 feet thick, he somehow managed to displace the Dadhinauti (Arch stone) and thus made a way for the temple to collapse. He also broke most of the images and other side temples of Konark. Due to displacement of the Dadhinauti, the temple gradually collapsed and the roof of the Mukasala was also damaged, due to the stones falling down from the temple top.