TERRA COTTA TEMPLES OF BENGAL - VII

Temples at Ilambazar,Dt.- Birbhum, West bengal (india)

 Here is a panel or plaque from the small terra citta octagonal temple in its market area. Remarkable Shaiva  motifs are on this panel. Shiva and Parvati, riding Nandi, are @ the centre of the top row. On its left is Mother of Ganesha.Curious neighbo
Here is a panel or plaque from the small terra citta octagonal temple in its market area. Remarkable Shaiva motifs are on this panel. Shiva and Parvati, riding Nandi, are @ the centre of the top row. On its left is Mother of Ganesha.Curious neighbo
This panel has a mixture of Shaiva motifs as well as Krna Leela. We have an emaciated Shiva with much-naked playful Ganesha in the lower row's centre, flanked by unknown characters. Top left, we find Krsna playing flute , Radha on His left and a 'Man
This panel has a mixture of Shaiva motifs as well as Krna Leela. We have an emaciated Shiva with much-naked playful Ganesha in the lower row's centre, flanked by unknown characters. Top left, we find Krsna playing flute , Radha on His left and a 'Man
Photo of Ruby 'auntie' taken by Aviv.
Photo of Ruby 'auntie' taken by Aviv.
Market around the octagonal terra cotta temple of Gour-Nitai
Market around the octagonal terra cotta temple of Gour-Nitai

On our way to Shantiniketan from Calcutta

My wife - Ruby. my son's friend from New York University - Aviv Mader and I went for a brief visit to the fair at Shantiniketan on 30/12/09. We started early in the morning from Calcutta.We stopped @ Ilambazar and Surul village to capture photos of terra cotta temples.Ilambazar is a small mofusil town in Birbhum district and is quite a prominent place in Calcutta - Shantiniketan route.Surul village is a locality close to Shantiniketan, just after 'Kharimati' hotel.

The temples here are small , but, well-preserved. Credit goes to the family of owners and local people.We are very happy with our visits and the photographs we have brought with us.Here you see two rather complicated panels from the nice octagonal temple @ Ilambazar , which has lost its roof and now covered with corrugated sheets !

Before closing, I would like to add that we visited two terra cotta temples @ Ilambazar and none of them is the 3-arched 'Lakshmi-Janardan' temple Late Mukul De or Late David McCuchion wrote about. If anyone can give a direction to that temple, I shall be very much to him/her.

I would also like to add that on a 'marketday, entry to the temple area is difficult as well as fun.Vegetables, potato, onions are very cheap. My wife loads of potatoes and onions after a brief session with camera . Here are two photos from her camera too.

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upal19 5 years ago from Dhaka

Good natural photography. Thanks for sharing.


AARON99 6 years ago

Thank you shyamchat for visiting my hub and your valuable words.


AARON99 6 years ago

A very good hub with nice collection of photos. Keep it up.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Hi Shyamchat,

As a Bengali I feel proud to see the old Bengal’s resourceful ancient cultural and spiritual traditions.Thanks for sharing.


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shyamchat 6 years ago from Calcutta Author

Thanks for your encouraging comments.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur

Hi Shyamal,

Excellent photos. I could remember these temples visited in my child hood.

Thanks for bringing the old memories.

Thumbs up!

Jyoti Kothari

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