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Bishnupur, West Bengal, India


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Temple Town

Bishnupur is a historic town located in the Bankura district of the Indian state of West Bengal. This town is renowned for its rich heritage of terracotta temples, exquisite artwork, and traditional music. Bishnupur is often referred to as the "Temple Town" of West Bengal due to its numerous intricately designed terracotta temples, which are a testament to the region's historical and cultural significance.

Bishnupur was the capital of the Malla dynasty, a ruling dynasty of the region, from the 17th to the 19th century. During this period, the Malla kings and their patronage of art and culture led to the construction of many temples, terracotta structures, and the promotion of classical music.

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The Malla rulers were particularly devoted to Lord Krishna, and this devotion is reflected in the temples they built.

The most notable feature of Bishnupur is its terracotta temples. These temples are known for their intricate and detailed terracotta artwork, depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, legends, and historical events.

Terracotta Temples

Some of the prominent terracotta temples in Bishnupur include the Rasmancha, Jor Bangla Temple, Madan Mohan Temple, Shyam Rai Temple, and Lalji Temple, among others. The Rasmancha is a unique pyramidal structure that was used for the annual Ras festival. Bishnupur is also famous for its Baluchari sarees, which are intricately woven silk sarees with mythological motifs. These sarees are highly prized for their craftsmanship and artistic designs.

terracota temple within bishnupur temple site

The best time to visit Bishnupur is during the winter months, from October to March. During this period, the weather is pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), making it ideal for exploring the town and its attractions. The monsoon season, from June to September, brings heavy rainfall, which can disrupt travel plans and limit outdoor activities.

Getting There

location_cityState & Capital - Kolkata, West Bengal

flight Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata - 140 Kilometers

directions_carKolkata - 142 Kilometers via SH2

trainBishnupur Station - Within Town Limits

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