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Temples & Legends Of Bengal
Index Of Bengal Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
The Kalighat Temple of Calcutta Ram Krishna Mission Temples
The Temples in Burdwan The Temples in Hooghly
The Temples in Twenty four Parganas The Temples in Midnapore
The Temples in Birbhum Ektesvara - Siva Temple
The Temples In Bankura Jain Temples In Purulia
Kapilmuni Temple at Sagar Island A Chinese Temple
The Tibetan Temple At Bhotbagan Kiriteswari   Temple
Bhattamati Temple  
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THE TEMPLES IN BANKURA

Vaishnavism had swept the district in the 17th century and this explains a large number of temples dedicated to Krishna and Radhika in the district particularly outside Bishnupur. The author of Bankurar Mandir discovered one of the fine images of Vishnu in the anantashayan pose and this has been preserved in a local museum at Bankura.  The image of Vishnu in this anantashayan pose is extremely rare in Bengal.

The temples of Bankura district are of different types. There are some, which are essentially indigenous to Bengal and could be described as "Bangla Mandir", "Panchratna" and "Chala Mandirs" is essentially indigenous to Bengal and would come under the Bangla Mandir group. Others are of Nagara type more common in Northern India.

The influence of Orissa is very clear on a number of temples in Bankura district. This is not unexpected as this district provided the road for going to Jagannath (Puri). There is number of Rekha temples in Bankura district and they all follow closely the Rekha type of temples in Orissa. The famous Siva temples at Bahulara, Dihar, Dharapat, Harmasrah, Ghutgariah and Sonatopal and Dihar are considered to be of pre-Muslim time while the other temples
are post-Muslim in age.4

4  Bankurar Mandir by Amiya Kumar Bandopadhyaya, p. 90.

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