Bishnupur is a town located in the Bankura district of West Bengal. The town is famous for the terracotta temples made from the locally available laterite stones. The Malla rulers were Vaishnavites and built the famous terracotta temples during the 17th and 18th century at this place.
Name of the temple
Radha-Krishna (during Rasa festival)
It is the oldest brick temple. Built by King Bir Hambir. The temple has an unusual elongated pyramidical tower, surrounded by hut-shaped turrets, which were very typical of Bengali roof structures of the time.
Keshto Ray & Gouranga
Built by King Raghunath Singha Dev II. The ornate terracotta carvings are set off by the roof in the classic chala style of Bengal architecture.
Pancha Ratna Temple
Built by King Raghunath Singha. It stands on a low square plinth and consists of a ambulatory pathway with a porch opened by three arches on the four sides of the temple. The central
sikhara is octagonal, while the rest four are square. The walls are richly decorated with terracotta carvings featuring aspects of Lord Krishna’s life.
Madanmohan Temple Madanmohan
King Durjana Singh Deva built the temple in the ekaratna style, a square flat-roofed building with carved cornices, surmounted by a pinnacle. Impressive carvings on the walls depict scenes from the
Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas.
Radha and Krishna
Built by Bir Singha II in ekaranta style. It is built on a square raised plinth, consisting of ornamental stucco decorations on low relief carvings.
Radhya Shyam temple
Built by Chaitanya Singha in ekaratna style. It was built in a square plan, consisting of a dome shaped sikhara and stucco motifs depicting floral, geometric and depiction of the life from puranas.
Consisting of a square ground plan and a single tower resting on a curved roof. Very little motif work can be seen on the lower part of the temple.
Built by King Raghunath Singha in ekratna style with laterite stone.
Raghunath Singha I built the temple in brick.
A Pancharatna mandir built by Shiromani Devi, Queen of Veer Singha II.
Built by Shiromani Devi, Queen of Veer Singha II. It is a ekratna temple with floral designs and stucco works.
Radha Govinda Temple
Built by Krishna Singh, son of Gopal Singha in ek-ratna style with laterite.
Radha Madhab Temple
Built by the daughter-in-law of Mallaraj Gopal Singh, Churamoni Devi in ek-ratna style with brick and has bas relief curvings.
Built by the Guin family of Midnapore.
Built by Mallaraj Bir Singh. It is an Ekratna temple built of laterite stone.
Originally 997 AD
Originally built by Jagat Malla in 997 AD. The Durga puja takes place for 15 days and all the other temples in Bishnupur does not start the puja until the canon has been fired from the temple.
Radha Vinod Temple
Built by queen of Raghunath Singh in atchala style.
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