Konark lies on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. The temple is in a form of huge stone chariot designed like a mighty temple cart being pulled across the sky. As the sun measures time, the temple’s symbolism incorporates the same theme. The twelve wheels represent the months of the year, and its sixteen spokes the time of the day. Even today, Konark stands in somber dignity as a representative of the thousands of artisans who worked on it for 16 long years.