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The Sun temple, as stated earlier, was constructed as a chariot of the Sun. Twenty-four wheels and seven horses have been affixed on the platform. 12 wheels on both sides of the main temple, 8 wheels on the sides of Mukhasala and 4 wheels on the both sides of the flight of steps of the eastern front. The diameter of each of these wheels is about nine feet ( 2.73 meters ) and each of them has a set of eight thick and eight thin spokes, dividing the day into eight equal parts. They are elaborately carved all over. The thicker ones are all carved with circular medallions at their centers on the widest part of the face. The axles of the wheels project by about one foot from the surface, having similar decorations at their ends. The rims are carved with designs of foliages with various luxurious poses, mostly of exotic nature. These wheels may also possibly represent the twelve Zodiacs. The entire wheel is full of fine art works. The seven spirited horses seems as if they are speeding the chariot through the heaven. Those seven horses, have been named in Bhagabat Gita as 'Gayatri' ,'Ushika' ,'Anustuv' ,'Vrihati', 'Pangti' , 'Tristup' and 'Jagati', which possibly stand for the rhythmic representation of the secret verses of the vedas.

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