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Bishnupur, West Bengal, India
  • I loved the terracotta floral rim works on the walls

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      The Madan Mohan Temple of Bishnupur is a Hindu temple situated in Bankura district of West Bengal, India. Bishnupur is around 150 km. by bus leaving from Esplanade area of the Eastern capital city of India named Calcutta. The temple is 5km. from the Bishnupur Railway Station. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. ’Madan Mohan’ is another name of Lord Krishna.

      This temple was built by King Durjana Singh Deva of Malla Dynasty in the year 1694. It is one of the largest temple of Bishnupur. It is made up of brick with terracotta tablets cladding the walls, portico and pillars of the temple. I visited this temple for the first time when I was pretty young girl of 13 in 1997 with my father and my mother. The main temple is placed on a 16m high square plinth. There are 6 high steps from the ground level to get into the main temple.

      The main temple is square, big and spacious with walls on all the four sides and a portico in the front side of

      it. There are 2 pillars of huge diameter at entrance of the portico giving it a look of 3 entrances to the temple. These pillars are really beautifully ornate with terracotta art work. The temple is built in Ekratna style. The roof of the temple is flat and square with curved corners. On the top of the square roof there is a lofty tower rounded on the top.

      This style of architecture is called Ekratna style. ‘Ek’ meaning one and ‘Ratna’ meaning tower; Single Tower. I particularly loved and remember the huge pillars of the portico of the temple. I went round and round the pillar. It was so much fun (Lol). These pillars have beautiful terracotta art work on them depicting scenes of the holy classical Hindu epic of Ramayana and Lord Krishna’s life’s tale.

      On the base of these pillars there are mythological scenes of battle between Hanuman, the Hindu monkey God, and his army of monkeys who were devoted to Lord Rama, the Hindu God and Ravana. It has scenes of Hanuman and his ...

      • army fighting Ravana and his army with clubs. On one row on the base of the pillar has scenes of Hanuman and his army crossing the sea to reach Lanka, the land of Ravana and the other row has direct fight encounter scenes. On the apex and middle of these pillars, there are scenes from life of Lord Krishna. Here Lord Krishna is shown to romance and dance with Radha, his beloved. These are really lovely to look at.

        There are also floral patterns on these pillars. I was so captivated by the intricate art work. The walls of this temple are high and square in shape. All through the walls there are scenes of Lord Krishna’s childhood life and romancing scenes of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha crafted on terracotta tiles. It has scenes of ‘Rasa Krida’ of Lord Krishna and Radha. I loved the terracotta floral rim works on the walls.

        At the base of these walls there are rows of terracotta bird patterns. I could not recognize half of the species of bird

        depicted (Lol), only could recognize ducks and geese and sparrows among all the birds. On the upper row of the terracotta bird pattern, is a row of terracotta deer patterns. There were several different forms of it and the most memorable was a deer drinking water from a lake. It was so beautifully crafted by the craftsmen and artisan of that time. I most loved the scenes of dance of Lord Krishna and Radha and the deer drinking water among all the terracotta works on the walls and portico of the temple.

        Aarti (prayer) is held twice a day in this temple, once in the morning and once in the evening. We reached there at late morning and missed the grand Aarti. We anyhow, prayed to Lord Krishna and donated small amount of money in the donation box placed inside the temple. Photography is allowed hence we took many pictures of this lovely temple. There is beautiful flower garden surrounding the temple though touching the flowers is not allowed, but it adds a great deal of beauty to the place.

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