I always wanted to go to Bishnupur after seeing the pictures of the temples. Finally, got an opportunity to visit the place in January this year.
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.
The first temple we went to is the Shyamrai temple. Built in 1643 by Malla King Raghunath Singha, this is noted for the elaborate terra-cotta ornamentations.
The decorative panels narrate the contemporary life of the people. Some also depicts scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and other puranic texts.
Then we went to the Kesta Rai Temple. Constructed by the Malla King Raghunath Singha in 1655, this is one of the finest terracota temples of Bishnupur. This temple has elaborate and intricate terra-cotta ornamentation depicting scenes from the hindu religious texts.
Thanks a million to my didi – Jyotsna Goswami for taking me there.
Tips for Photographers:
1. Be there early, it can get crowded later.
2. Watch the light
3. Look for the details in the terracota tiles, you will enjoy seeing and photographing them.
Thank you for reading this post. Hope you liked spending time here. I will be back again with another interesting place.
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This post is written by Saurabh Chatterjee. He is a travel photographer and a photography trainer.
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