Chef Vikas Khanna puts up a grand show at Times Square, New York by unveiling 1800kg replica of Odisha’s Konark Temple

In a stunning display of Indian artistry and heritage, renowned Indian chef Vikas Khanna recently unveiled a majestic stone artwork replicating the Konark Sun Temple at Times Square, New York, the stunning sculpture  will installed in his upcoming NY restaurant

The unveiling ceremony, which took place on India’s 77th Independence Day, was attended by a large gathering of the Indian diaspora.

The sculpture is made of stone and looks just like the temple’s famous chariot that has 24 wheels. Amaresh Chandra Bindhani and his team from Lalitgiri village in Odisha are the ones who made this sculpture.

The Chakra Sculpture, with dimensions of 8 feet x 6 feet and an approximate weight of 1800 kilograms (4,000 pounds), stands as a testament to the remarkable craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity.

He expressed his admiration for the artists’ dedication and skill. He also revealed that the artwork would find a permanent home in his upcoming restaurant in New York City in 2024.

Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik congratulated Khanna on this significant achievement. In his tweet, Sudarsan Pattnaik said, “You have created history by unveiling the replica of UNESCO world heritage site Konark Temple’s wheel in New York’s Times Square. It is a proud moment for all of us. Thank you again for promoting Indian art and culture.”

The artwork, inspired by the 13th-century Sun Temple in Odisha, India, is a testament to the architectural grandeur of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stone sculpture, resembling the temple’s iconic chariot with 24 wheels, was crafted by Amaresh Chandra Bindhani and his team from Lalitgiri village in

This monumental installation not only celebrates Indian art and culture but also symbolizes the unity between the Indian Diaspora and America, reinforcing the global appreciation for India’s rich cultural heritage.

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