Track the time of 3 Time Zones with the inspiring Konark Sun wheel of Time. Sun Temple of Konark of Odisha is renowned throughout the world for its stone sculptures. The temple was designed in the shape of a huge chariot drawn by 7 mighty spirited horses on 12 pairs (total 24 wheels) of gorgeously decorated wheels at its base. The size of the wheel is of 9 feet 9 inches in diameter and each one of them having 8 wider spokes and 8 thinner spokes.

The wheels of the temple all are accurately carved just like the sundials which can be used to calculate time accurately to a minute including day and night. It was built in 1250 AD and people still today are amazed by the accuracy of the sundial.

The 7 horses represent the days of the week and the 12 pairs of wheels represent the 12 months of the year and the 24 wheels signifies 24 hours of a day and the 8 major spokes signifies prahars (three hour period) of a day. There are 8 minor spokes as well. Each minor spoke runs exactly in the middle of 2 major spokes. This means that minor spoke divides the 3 hours in half, so the time between a major spoke and a minor spoke is an hour and half. Now, at the edge of the wheel, we can see a lot of beads. If you observe carefully, you can see that there are 30 beads between a minor and a major spoke. So, the 90 minutes are further divided by 30 beads. This means that each bead carries a value of 3 minutes. The beads are large enough, so you can also see if the shadow falls in the center of the bead or on one of the ends of the bead. This way we can further calculate time accurately to the minute.

The wheels of the chariot have also been interpreted as the 'Wheel of Life'. They portray the cycle of creation, preservation and achievement of realisation. These 12 pairs of wheels may also possibly represent the 12 zodiac signs.

This product is rendered by artisans of the Bidri Metalcraft, craft that has developed in the 14th century C.E. Made by artisans from Bidar in Karnataka. The metal used is a blackened alloy of zinc and copper inlaid with thin sheets of pure silver.

Cleaning Instruction: Apply few drops of coconut oil on item surface and clean with a dry cotton cloth.

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