Commencement of G20 Summit 2023: The G20 summit, inaugurated in Delhi on this auspicious day, September 9th, has summoned the global giants to Indian shores. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while extending a warm welcome to the distinguished attendees at Bharat Mandapam, seized the opportunity to elucidate the historical significance of the Konark Chakra of Odisha.
Notably, the Konark Chakra adorns the very precincts where Prime Minister Modi cordially received world leaders at Bharat Mandapam. Consequently, during the exchange of greetings with US President Joe Biden, PM Modi undertook the task of enlightening President Biden about the Konark Chakra, an engagement that President Biden approached with rapt attention.
But what distinguishes the Konark Chakra, you may wonder?
The Konark Chakra, an architectural marvel, found its genesis in the 13th century, during the illustrious reign of King Narasimhadev I. This remarkable wheel comprises 24 spokes, a design element that intriguingly mirrors the national flag of India. The cyclic rotation of the Konark Chakra embodies the essence of progress and the inexorable flux of time, a representation of Kalachakra. Beyond this, this wheel holds profound symbolism as an embodiment of democratic values.
According to certain beliefs, the 24 spokes of the Konark Chakra symbolize the 24 incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Conversely, alternative interpretations assert that these spokes encapsulate the 24-syllable Gayatri Mantra, a sacred hymn of great significance.
It is noteworthy that the architects of the temple harnessed their profound understanding of astronomy to craft this sundial. Its intricate design hinges on elaborate mathematical computations that factor in the earth’s rotation, celestial movements of the sun, moon, and stars. Remarkably, this sundial can meticulously trace the sun’s trajectory from dawn to dusk and throughout the year.
In this manner, the Konark Chakra stands as a testament to the fusion of architectural brilliance, cultural symbolism, and scientific acumen, making it an emblem of India’s rich heritage on the global stage.