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The temples of Ukhra, West Bengal

Updated on May 22, 2011
The Ramchandra Jiu temple with Ras Mancha (on the left) & Dol Mancha (on the right)
The Ramchandra Jiu temple with Ras Mancha (on the left) & Dol Mancha (on the right)
The Ramchandra Jiu temple
The Ramchandra Jiu temple
The triple entrance of the Ramchandra Jiu temple
The triple entrance of the Ramchandra Jiu temple
Close up of the triple entrance of the Ramchandra Jiu temple
Close up of the triple entrance of the Ramchandra Jiu temple
The idols of Rama & Sita with Lakshman & Bharata . Hanuman -ji is also there.
The idols of Rama & Sita with Lakshman & Bharata . Hanuman -ji is also there.
The Ramchandra Jiu temple
The Ramchandra Jiu temple
The Gopinath Jiu temple 1
The Gopinath Jiu temple 1
The Gopinath Jiu temple 2
The Gopinath Jiu temple 2
Naat Mandir of The Gopinath Jiu temple
Naat Mandir of The Gopinath Jiu temple
Terracotta figure (? of a musician) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari 1
Terracotta figure (? of a musician) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari 1
Facade of a Shiva temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Facade of a Shiva temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure (? of Matsyavatar -- the Fish Avatar of Lord Vishnu) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure (? of Matsyavatar -- the Fish Avatar of Lord Vishnu) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure ( of Lord Krishna with a flute) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure ( of Lord Krishna with a flute) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure ( of Lord Krishna & His divine consort Radha) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure ( of Lord Krishna & His divine consort Radha) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure  from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari 2
Terracotta figure from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari 2
Terracotta figure (? of Lord Narayana) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure (? of Lord Narayana) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure  from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure (with a spade or plough) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure (with a spade or plough) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure (  of Lord Krishna with a flute) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari 1
Terracotta figure ( of Lord Krishna with a flute) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari 1
Terracotta figure ( of a deity on tiger back --- ? Jagatdhaatri) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure ( of a deity on tiger back --- ? Jagatdhaatri) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure ( of Kurmavatar --- the Turtle Avatar of Lord Vishnu) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure ( of Kurmavatar --- the Turtle Avatar of Lord Vishnu) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta panel on the facade of Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari 1
Terracotta panel on the facade of Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari 1
Terracotta panel on the facade of Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari 2
Terracotta panel on the facade of Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari 2
Terracotta figure (of Lord Narayana ?) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure (of Lord Narayana ?) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure  from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
The twin (Jora) Shiva Temples at Ukhra Durgabaari
The twin (Jora) Shiva Temples at Ukhra Durgabaari
One of the  twin (Jora) Shiva Temples at Ukhra Durgabaari
One of the twin (Jora) Shiva Temples at Ukhra Durgabaari
Panel on the facade of one of the twin (Jora) Shiva Temples at Ukhra Durgabaari
Panel on the facade of one of the twin (Jora) Shiva Temples at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure ( of a musician?) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Terracotta figure ( of a musician?) from Jora Shiva Temple at Ukhra Durgabaari
Decorations on corner projection in the Chatterjees' Vishnu temple at Ukhra
Decorations on corner projection in the Chatterjees' Vishnu temple at Ukhra
Decorations on the triple entrance of  the Chatterjees' Vishnu temple at Ukhra
Decorations on the triple entrance of the Chatterjees' Vishnu temple at Ukhra
The Chatterjees' Vishnu temple at Ukhra --- a  250 years old flat-roofed (Dalan type) temple made of laterite.
The Chatterjees' Vishnu temple at Ukhra --- a 250 years old flat-roofed (Dalan type) temple made of laterite.
Rasmancha of Mohanta Asthal, Ukhra
Rasmancha of Mohanta Asthal, Ukhra
The sanctum sanctorum of Mohanta Asthal temple, Ukhra
The sanctum sanctorum of Mohanta Asthal temple, Ukhra
The idols inside Mohanta Asthal temple, Ukhra
The idols inside Mohanta Asthal temple, Ukhra
Decorated pillar, Mohanta Asthal temple, Ukhra
Decorated pillar, Mohanta Asthal temple, Ukhra
The priest of the Mohanta Asthal temple, Ukhra
The priest of the Mohanta Asthal temple, Ukhra
Mohanta Asthal temple, Ukhra, with Tinu & Bhramar Bakshi, who immensely helped me in this trip. Thanks a lot, Bakshis!
Mohanta Asthal temple, Ukhra, with Tinu & Bhramar Bakshi, who immensely helped me in this trip. Thanks a lot, Bakshis!
Mohanta Asthal temple, Ukhra
Mohanta Asthal temple, Ukhra
Durga Mandir of Handa family, Ukhra
Durga Mandir of Handa family, Ukhra
Decoration on Wooden door of Nilkantha Shiva temple, Ukhra
Decoration on Wooden door of Nilkantha Shiva temple, Ukhra
The Shuiva Lingam in the Nilkantha Shiva temple at Ukhra, said to be 500 years old. However, the old temple is being replaced by a new one, which is under construction.
The Shuiva Lingam in the Nilkantha Shiva temple at Ukhra, said to be 500 years old. However, the old temple is being replaced by a new one, which is under construction.

UKHRA

  • It is a small town about 14 km from Durgapur;  7 km from Andal mor at NH-2 in the district of Bardhaman, West Bengal.
  • The Zamindars or landlords of Ukhra , the  Lal Singha Handa family, originally came from from Lahore, west Punjab, now in Pakistan. The first family-head Kebal Ram migrated  first to Murshidabad, the then capital of Bengal about 250 years back; later the family settled in Ukhra (previously Shergar). After him Ramchandra & then Meruchandra was the Raja of Ukhra. Bishan Kumari, daughter of Meruchandra was married to Maharaj Trilok Chand of Burdwan. Bishan Kumari established the famous 109 Shiva temples of Nawab Hat in Burdwan.
  • Temples of Ukhra :

1.      Jora Shiva temple : This pair of  small  laterite temples are of the same type à Tightly ridged Rekha temple with terracotta façade  & single entrance of the 19th century Birbhum-Bardhaman style; established by the Handa family in 1836. The terracotta work is rather crude, but extensive. Of the identifiable figures, prominent ones are of Matsyavatar , Kurmavatar, Vamanavatar (of Vishnu), Krisna with His flute, Krishna with Radha, Chaturvuj Narayan, A figure with a plough (? Balaram) & some other unidentifiable figures.

2.      RamChandra Jiu temple : A big Pancha ratna (5 pinnacled) laterite built temple with RasMancha & Dol Manchaof Vishnupur style, this temple was established by Meruchandra Handa in 1739 AD. With triple entrance, this temple has minimal stucco work & the most beautiful idols of Lord Rama with Sita, Lakshjman, Bharat & Hanuman. The temple has been recently painted a rather loud orange!

3.      Gopinath Jiu temple : Situated by the side of Ram Chandra temple in the same complex, this dalan (flat roofed) type of temple was established in 1801 AD by Baktar Singh Handa. Again a big temple with Naat Mandir & Bhog Mandir, this temple is also very loudly colored.

4.      Mahanta Asthal Vrindavan Chandra temple : Established by the Mahantas of Nimbark clan, this huge temple complex has a 9 pinnacled Rasmancha (again orange!)  & an unusually green-colored big main temple . The main temple is Dalan (flat roofed)  type, with 9 small pinnacles on top of a roof which is traditional KHILAN type . Inside the sanctum sanctorum, there are a large no. of Narayan Shilas ( sacred stones which are regarded as  symbol of Lord Vishnu) along with the deities. The main temple is >250 yrs old.

5.      Ukhra Chatterjees’ Vishnu temple : A medium sized laterite temple with flat roof & triple entrance. Almost hidden in a maze of narrow lanes, this old temple was shown to us by an enthusiastic local lad Nirmal Banerjee.

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      Uhanda 

      3 years ago

      Hi, this is Umang, descendent of the Handa family. I'm extremely glad to see these beautiful pictures.

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      khokan chatterjee 

      6 years ago

      sudhu zamidar chara aro onek kichu dekhar ache ukhrai to amar mone hoi jee dekhar jannya ukhra baa tar asepase ektu nazar dile onek kichu paoajabe

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      Amitabh 

      7 years ago

      Its a beautiful Hub. All the pictures open an excellent mythological beauty of Ukhra. Thnx to upload these pictures....

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      Cathy I 

      7 years ago from New York

      Good stuff...very interesting

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