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TIMELINE & SIX BEAUTIES AMONG THE TERRA COTTA TEMPLES OF BENGAL

Updated on August 28, 2010

Timeline of grand creations

Please see the enlarged view of the 'Timeline' to go through the notes.

I have prepared a timeline for the best looking terracotta temples of Bengal. Five are in West Bengal and one is in Bangla Desh. These temples have been constructed over a period of 150 years. The artwork is exquisite and storytelling in the panels
I have prepared a timeline for the best looking terracotta temples of Bengal. Five are in West Bengal and one is in Bangla Desh. These temples have been constructed over a period of 150 years. The artwork is exquisite and storytelling in the panels
Shyam Rai Temple. Bishnupur,Dt : Bankura. Mallaraj Raghunath Singha. 1694 AD. Also Known as : Pancha Ratna Temple.
Shyam Rai Temple. Bishnupur,Dt : Bankura. Mallaraj Raghunath Singha. 1694 AD. Also Known as : Pancha Ratna Temple.
Kesto Rai Temple. Bishnupur,Dt : Bankura. Mallaraj Raghunath Singha. 1655 AD. Also known as : Jor Bangla Temple.
Kesto Rai Temple. Bishnupur,Dt : Bankura. Mallaraj Raghunath Singha. 1655 AD. Also known as : Jor Bangla Temple.
Ananta Basudeva Temple. Bansberia,Dt : Hooghly. 'Raja-Mahasai' Rameswar Debroy. 1679 AD.
Ananta Basudeva Temple. Bansberia,Dt : Hooghly. 'Raja-Mahasai' Rameswar Debroy. 1679 AD.
MadanMohan Temple. Bishnupur,Dt : Bankura. Mallaraj Durjan Singha. 1694 AD.
MadanMohan Temple. Bishnupur,Dt : Bankura. Mallaraj Durjan Singha. 1694 AD.
Kantaji's Temple. Dinajpur,Bangladesh. Raja Prannath Roy and  Rja Ramnath Roy. 1722-1752 AD. ( Photo borrowed from a reference book on Kantaji's temple)
Kantaji's Temple. Dinajpur,Bangladesh. Raja Prannath Roy and Rja Ramnath Roy. 1722-1752 AD. ( Photo borrowed from a reference book on Kantaji's temple)
RadhaGovindajiu's Temple. Antpur,Dt : Hooghly. Dewan Krisnaram Mitra. 1786 AD.
RadhaGovindajiu's Temple. Antpur,Dt : Hooghly. Dewan Krisnaram Mitra. 1786 AD.

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      Vishal Gupta 5 years ago

      Awesome pictures depicting Bengali sculpture. Rated up!

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      Ruchi 6 years ago

      60 years before Mr. Mukul Dey did research for five years on terracotta temples. He covered 25 temples all across Bengal, he would have take some 5000 shots. At present his grandsons are dedicated in building an archive for the same. Here is the link of the website - http://www.chitralekha.org/articles/mukul-dey/ajod...

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      dhruba jyoti ray 6 years ago

      I CAN IMMEDIATELY THINK OF MULUTI.

      YOU SHOULD GO FROM RAMPURHAT .THE ACTUAL VILLAGE FALLS IN JHARKHAND.

      FLICKR HAS A RECENT ENTRY ON MULUTI OR MALUTI ,HE HAS GIVEN HISTORY AND THE PERSON WHO IS TAKING CARE OF THE TEMPLES.

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      shyamchat 9 years ago from Calcutta

      The criteria I have used are :

      * Originality. Almost every terra cotta temple of Bengal has used images from Ramayana on the front arches. Shyam_Rai temple showed the way. The side panels of Antpur are exquisite. Kesto-Rai is a magnum-opus.One of the temples in Kalna region is quite beautiful.... may be the one you are talking about....but has a lot of themes/images common with Ananta-Vasudeva temple of Bansberia.

      * The volume of artistic work on the 6 temples I have selected . All of them have 3 to 4 sides full of terra cotta panels.

      This winter, I shall vist more locations to enrich my experience. I shall certainly keep your suggstions in mind.I have received other suggestions about amending the timeline.

      Thanks for visiting my hub and leaving your comment.

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      SOMEN SENGUPTA 9 years ago

      this is good but two finest temples of Bengal are missing & that should be included.

      One is temple of Guptipara in Hoogly.I had visited it twice & written in The Asian Age & The Hindustan Times.

      Another one is at Ilambazar - Birbhum.You might have seen a write up on that in The Telegraph recently.

      There is a book called Bengal - sight & site.You must collect that for more info in this context.

      A temple called Anandamoye in Sukhoria-Hoogly is also amazing.

      Will talk more on this when we meet.

      regds..........Somen