Odisha’s Konark Wheel makes an impactful presence at G20 Summit


New Delhi/Bhubaneswar September 9: Odisha’s rich cultural heritage took centre stage at the G20 Summit, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi explained the profound significance of the Konark Wheel to US President Joe Biden at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi on Saturday.

As President Biden and Prime Minister Modi shook hands in the backdrop of the Konark wheel of the Sun Temple in Odisha’s Puri district, Prime Minister Modi was seen giving the US President a brief introduction to this symbol of India’s ancient wisdom, advanced civilization and architectural excellence.

The Konark Wheel, built during the 13th century under the reign of King Narasimhadeva-I, stands as a testament to India’s historical prowess.

With its 24 spokes, it not only served as an architectural masterpiece but also found its place in India’s national flag. This incorporation symbolizes the nation’s deep-rooted heritage and its commitment to preserving its cultural legacy.

Union Minister of Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, shared the significance of this cultural exchange on social media.

Pradhan posted on X, “Odisha’s magnificent culture and heritage finds a place of pride at G20 India. The Konark chakra is an architectural marvel illustrating the civilisational concepts of time, space, continuity and the future. PM Narendra Modi explaining the significance of India’s heritage and knowledge traditions to US President Joe Biden is truly a beautiful sight.”


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