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Village, archaeological site
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Bankura
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration WB-
Coastline 0 kilometres (0 mi)
Website wb.gov.in

Dihar is an archaeological site in Bishnupur subdivision of Bankura district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) north of Bishnupur and is near Dharapat.


It is one of the proto-historic sites that has been discovered. By about 1000 BC chalcolithic people had settled on the north bank of the Dwarakeswar. After the early historic period nothing noticeable has been discovered at Dihar till Saivite activity around 14th century AD.[1]


The remains of Sareswar and Saileswar Shiva temples are major attractions at Dihar. King Prithvimalla of the Malla dynasty built the temples in 1346. The laterite stone walls of the temple have floral designs and miniature human figures. Defaced images of divinity can also be seen. Pilgrims gather in the area during Shivratri.[2]


As per 2011 Census of India Dihar had a total population of 815 of which 416 (51%) were males and 399 (49%) were females. Population below 6 years was 84. The total number of literates in Dihar was 450 (61.56% of the population over 6 years).[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Das, Dipak Ranjan (2012). "Dihar". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ "Next weekend you can be at ... Dihar". The Telegraph, 17 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  3. ^ "2011 Census – Primary Census Abstract Data Tables". West Bengal – District-wise. Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 14 October 2016.