Spokes of the Chariot [from up-close] at the Konark Sun Temple, Orissa, India. Simply put it is a magnificent example of the finest stone-engraving anywhere in the world. Note: Please click on the image for further close-up viewing, and one more time for a yet another close-up.
Konark wheels-Great Wheel Despite being the symbol of time, The wheels of the chariot have been interpreted as the ‘Wheel of Life’. They portray the cycle of creation, preservation and achievement of realisation. The rims are carved with designs of foliages with various birds and animals, whereas the medallions in the spokes are carved with the figures of women in various luxurious poses, mostly of erotic nature. These wheels may also possibly represent the twelve Zodiacs.
Konark Sun Temple is a 13th century Sun Temple (also known as the Black Pagoda), at Konark, in Orissa. It was constructed from oxidized and weathered ferruginous sandstone by King Narasimhadeva I (1238-1250 CE) of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty.