Bishnupur, West Bengal
Popular for its Terracotta temples and beautiful Baluchari sarees, Bishnupur is an incredible town situated in the Bankura district of West Bengal. The key attractions are the beautiful architectural structures, intricate handicrafts and the folk music.
The town derived its name from the name of Hindu God ''Vishnu'' with majority of people belonging to the Vaishnava sect. The unique and aesthetically built Terracotta temples by the Malla rulers in the 17th and 18th century are of both historical and archaeological significance. The Mallas solemnised their love for Lord Krishna by building the beautiful Rasmancha temple, Jorbangla temple, Shyamral temple, Madan Mohan temple, Dalmadal Caman temple.
Another key attraction os Bishnupur are the Baluchari sarees, a exquisite piece of craftsmanship made from Tussar silk. The delicate and beautiful designer fabric make these sarees one of the costliest ones on the country.
The nearest airport is Imphal airport situated at a distance of 23 km from Bishnupur town. The second nearest airport is the Kolkata International airport which is about 140 km away.
The nearest railhead is the Bishnupur railway station just 6 km away from the main town. The town is well connected with other parts of the state of West Bengal with several trains passing through it.
Winters are the best time to visit Bishnupur from October to March. The temperature remains pleasant and comfortable for sightseeing.
The summers from April to July are extremely hot and humid which makes it exhausting and uncomfortable to go out.
Monsoons begin from August and last till October beginning. The place looks lush green, fresh and beautiful after being washed by the rains.
Bishnupur''s unique terracotta and stone temples imply the religious attachment, importance and practices of not just the town but also the state of West Bengal.
The Madan Mohan Temple built by King Durjana Singh Dev during the late 17th century is a clear symbolization of Bishnupur''s eternal bond with stone and terracotta temples. The Ekaratna style of architecture with square flat roof, curved cornices and a pinnacle atop makes it one of the finest terracotta temple of Bishnupur. Dedicated to Lord Madan Mohan, an incarnation of Vishnu, the temple is a must visit for both the devotees and as well as leisure travellers. The majestic pillars are an exquisite piece of terracotta art and craftsmanship depicting various scenes from Hindu epic Ramayana and Lord Krishna''s life. The combination of brick and terracotta tablets imposed walls comes alive with these beautiful pictorial depictions on them. The temple is situated around 150kms away from Kolkata with regular bus service plying from the city to Bishnupur.
Radha Shyam Temple - Built by King Chaitanya Singha in the year 1758, Radha Shyam temple is another famous temple in the religious town renowned for worshipping Lord Krishna.
Rasmancha - Built in 1600 by Malla King Bir Hambir. Rasmancha is the oldest brick temple in Bishnupur. Unique in many ways the temple has an extended tower encircled by hut shaped turrets and a chamber considered to be very scared. During the Vaishnava Raas all the idols of Radha and Krishna in the Bishnupur region used to be brought here for public to worship them. The temple however is now more of an ancient monument preserved by authorities than a temple,
Jorebangla Temple - The Jorebangla temple was built around 1655 AD by Malla King Raghunath Singh. The temple appears to be surmounted by a single tower over two thatched huts connected together. The roofs and walls of the temple have conventional Chala style of architecture and some magnificent terracotta work. The fabrication made using laterite bricks is simply pristine and marvellous
Lalji Temple - Built by Malla King Bir Singh II in 1658, Lalji temple is one of the most popular shrines in Bishnupur. Personifying the true love of Lord Krishna and Radha, the temple is an exquisite piece of art and has great religious significance too.