Sat Deul Temple, Azhapur, West Bengal
SAT DEUL TEMPLE
There are few ancient brick-built temple in Bengal that rival the majestic temple of SAT DEUL, located in a village named Deuli which is near Azhapur, District Barddhaman, West Bengal. The temple is located about 1.5 km from the Durgapur Expressway, about 5 km south to the Palsit toll Plaza.
The temple is about 90 feet in height, & its top is clearly visible from the Expressway.
There is a metaled road up to the temple, which is protected by ASI (Archeological Survey of India). There is a well maintained garden with nice lawn in front of the temple. The temple is, however, lacks proper care as some trees have grown over the temple pinnacle.
The temple is built in 10th century AD, & is a product of the Pal-era. Structurally, this is an Odissa-style REKH DEUL, with a single pinnacle soaring high in the sky. There is a large AMLOK SHILA near the top. The GANDI portion (the main body of the pinnacle) is of PANCHARATHA pattern & is decorated with cut-brick terracotta works which were originally covered with stucco layer, still visible in some parts. Remarkable are the interlacing Chaitya Window motifs displayed on it.
Another interesting feature of this temple is a beautiful Corbel Arch at the main entrance.
Some authorities believe that this was originally a Jain temple, which was later converted into a Hindu one.
Located so near a major National Highway & a major metropolis (Kolkata), this temple should have its proper place in the tourist map.