Built by Raja Narsimhadeva of the Ganga dynasty, in the 13th century AD, the temple is the culmination of Orissan temple architecture. Lord Surya (Sun) is worshiped here. The temple resembles a colossal chariot, with 24 wheels pulled by seven straining horses, and has a three-tiered pyramidal roof topped off by a fine spire. It is said that, the very first ray of the Sun every morning falls upon this temple, from which it got its name.
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