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Temples & Legends Of Bengal
Index Of Bengal Kulapati's Preface
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The Kalighat Temple of Calcutta Ram Krishna Mission Temples
The Temples in Burdwan The Temples in Hooghly
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The Temples in Birbhum Ektesvara - Siva Temple
The Temples In Bankura Jain Temples In Purulia
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THE TEMPLES IN BANKURA

A few words may be mentioned of the chala type of Bengali temples in Bankura district.  They are common to the chala type temples in other parts of Bengal. Before the use of bricks was introduced, Bengal temples were ordinary mud built huts with thatched roof and if the roofs were double they were known as dochala.

They look exactly like a residential hut. Similarly, there ar charchala (four roofs) and atchala (eight roofs). If they are joint they are known as dui-bangala or jor-bangala temples. Charchala or dochala residential huts are common throughout Bengal villages and the earliest religiosity of the Bengalis could not think of giving anything more to their deities than ordinary residential huts.

Some of the temples of Bankura and particularly in Bishnupur show remarkable sculpture and architecture.The jor-bangala temple at Bishnupur is the best specimen.5 

It is because of the wonderful sculptural details and superb figures made in the temples of Bishnupur that they are taken to be the best in Bengal.


5 Ibid. p. 112

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