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Jor-Bangla Temple or Keshta Roy Temple (c. 1655), Bishnupur, Bankura, West Bengal, India.

Jor-bangla, also called Yorubangala, is a style of Hindu temple architecture that arose in Bengal region of the Indian subcontinent.[1] The style involves two skeuomorphic structures that reflect the traditional thatched huts of the region, one that serves as a porch, in front of the other that serves as a shrine.[1] Each structure has a roof of the ek-bangla (or do-chala) style, with two curved segments that meet at a curved ridge.[2]

Notable examples[edit]

  • The Jor-Bangla temple in Bishnupur, Bankura, built in 1655 by King Raghunath Singha Dev. It is richly ornamented with terracotta carvings. The roof has the classic chala style of Bengal architecture.[3][4][5][6]
  • Gopinath Jor-Bangla is located 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) south of Pabna town in Bangladesh. There is no reliable information about the date when it was built, possibly in the 19th century.[7] It is one of the major archaeological attractions of the Pabna District.
Jor Bangla Temple, Bishnupur
JOREBANGLA.JPG Jor Bangla Temple 2 Bishnupur.JPG Jor Bangla Temple 3 Bishnupur.JPG Jor Bangla Temple Arches Bishnupur.JPG Terracotta work on Jor Bangla temple, Bishnupur 3.JPG Terracotta work on Jor Bangla temple, Bishnupur 4.JPG

See also[edit]

  • Char-chala style has a roof with four curved, triangular pieces that meet at a point.


  1. ^ a b Priyanka Mangaonkar (2012). "Temples of Bengal: Material Style and Technological Evolution" (PDF). Chitrolekha International Magazine On Art And Design. 2 (1). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2013.
  2. ^ Amit Guha, Classification of Terracotta Temples, retrieved 30 January 2016
  3. ^ Dasgupta 2009, p. 37.
  4. ^ Malabhum, Bishnupur-Chandra, Manoranjan; 2004; Kolkata. Deys Publishing ISBN 8129500442
  5. ^ History of Bishnupur Raj-Malick Abhaayapada. 1982, West Bengal
  6. ^ "Bishnupur Sub-division".
  7. ^ Mrinmoyee Ray (2012). "Representation in Monument Building and Schematic of Terracotta Narratives: Delving into Some Aspects of Gopinath Jor-Bangla Temple, Pabna, Bangladesh" (PDF). Chitrolekha International Magazine On Art And Design. 2 (1).