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Temples of Khandra, West Bengal

Updated on May 20, 2011
Rasmancha of Radha Madhav temple
Rasmancha of Radha Madhav temple
Radha Madhav temple in close up
Radha Madhav temple in close up
The triple entrance of Radha Madhav temple
The triple entrance of Radha Madhav temple
Radha Madhav temple of Khandra
Radha Madhav temple of Khandra
The Radha Madhav temple complex with Rasmancha on the left, the main temple in the centre & the laterite structure on the right
The Radha Madhav temple complex with Rasmancha on the left, the main temple in the centre & the laterite structure on the right
The beautiful idols of Lord Krishna & His divine consort Radha inside Radha Madhav temple
The beautiful idols of Lord Krishna & His divine consort Radha inside Radha Madhav temple
Stucco work of Lakshmi Narayan temple
Stucco work of Lakshmi Narayan temple
The Lakshmi Narayan temple of Khandra
The Lakshmi Narayan temple of Khandra
Close up of the facade of the Lakshmi Narayan temple
Close up of the facade of the Lakshmi Narayan temple
Stucco work on Lakshmi Narayan temple
Stucco work on Lakshmi Narayan temple
stucco work Lakshmi Narayan temple
stucco work Lakshmi Narayan temple
The decorated pillar of the Lakshmi Narayan temple
The decorated pillar of the Lakshmi Narayan temple
Stucco work of Lakshmi Narayan temple
Stucco work of Lakshmi Narayan temple
The priest with the idol of Gopal inside Gopal temple, Khandra
The priest with the idol of Gopal inside Gopal temple, Khandra
The Gopal temple, Khandra
The Gopal temple, Khandra
The triple entrance of Gopal temple
The triple entrance of Gopal temple
An uinfinished/destroyed abandoned temple at Khandra
An uinfinished/destroyed abandoned temple at Khandra
An uinfinished/destroyed abandoned temple at Khandra : close up --  no idol is there inside
An uinfinished/destroyed abandoned temple at Khandra : close up -- no idol is there inside
A CHAR CHALA (4 roofed) small temple at Khandra
A CHAR CHALA (4 roofed) small temple at Khandra
A CHAR CHALA (4 roofed) small Shiva temple at Khandra near the Gopal Temple
A CHAR CHALA (4 roofed) small Shiva temple at Khandra near the Gopal Temple
A small Rekh/Shikhar type Shiva temple with deep "Ratha" projections; on the main road, Khandra
A small Rekh/Shikhar type Shiva temple with deep "Ratha" projections; on the main road, Khandra

KHANDRA

*It is a small village About 12 km from Durgapur;  5 km from Andal mor at NH-2 in the district of Bardhaman, West Bengal.

* The village has 2 landowner families : Sarkar (living here for last 500 yrs); & Bakshi (who are here for 250 yrs).

* The Sarkar family is divided into two lines : Baro taraf & Chhoto taraf, both of which indulged in building temples in the village, mainly temples dedicated to Goddess Durga & Lord Krishna with His divine consort Radha.

* During my trip there on 19 May 2011, three members of the Bakshi family Gautam, Sukhendu (Tinu), Malay Kanti (Bhramar) helped me immensely.

* Temples of Khandra :-

1. Radha Madhab temple : Sarkar baro taraf’s; East facing; Established by Jugal Kishiore Sarkar in 1643 Shakabda (1721 AD).

           This  Pancha Ratna or 5 pinnacled (Vishnupur style) Laterite built temple with triple entrance has moderate Stucco work.

            The temple complex consists of : The Main temple, Rashmancha (Pancha Ratna, plastered, with compound pier (Kalaaghechhe thaam in Bengali), Naat Mandir, Bhog Mandir ( with some old stone figures) , & a most unusual structure on the backside of the main temple  made of laterite. It does look like a temple, but may be a separate structure altogether.

2. Lakshmi Narayan temple: Belonging to Sarkar Chhoto taraf’s, this Brick-built Pancha Ratna (5 Pinnacled) with ridged turret south facing temple has triple entrance;

            established by Pratap Chandra Sarkar in 1308 Bangabda (1902 AD); Thisbeautiful templewith extensive stucco work  contains a rare Lakshmi-Narayan shila ( a sacred stone which is regarded as a symbol of Lord Vishnu) The temple was recently renovated.

3. Gopal temple : A small Laterite built 18th century Dalan (flat-roofed) type temple with  triple entrance, this temple houses idols of Radha Krisna (made of Astadhatu or an alloy of 8 metals) (original Gold idol was stolen in 1955).

4. Shiva temple near Gopal temple :  It is a small , laterite built, Chaar-chaala (4 roofed) type temple.

 

5. Neelkantha Shiva : 2 km from Khandra; said to be very old; original temple demolished & a new temple is under construction. Big stone Lingam.

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      Rittika 

      6 years ago

      Well done .Thx for hilighting such treasure.

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      good job sir,well done..

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      7 years ago

      Your hub is top class as always.

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