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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
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
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BHATTAMATI TEMPLE

Their genius for constructive art received a new impetus from the changing times and their skill did not abate at the new challenge.The incursion of the "Pheringis" or the British have found an expression in their art on one of the panels of this Saiva temple just as has the familiar scene of a Nawab sitting with his satellites and enjoying the dance of dancing girls.  

It was a contradiction in a way to the highly conventional, orthodox and puritan ideas of Hindu religion and rather queer ideas to be expressed on temple-walls but at the same time it shows how the common citizens including the artists were affected.

The mason wanted to decorate thetemple, he had obviously a free hand, and he drew from his own experience, feelings and personal equation. There was certainly no idea of criticism or discontent while depicting such unconventional ideas
on the temples.  They were just so many themes for the artist's fingers.  This is the most outstanding feature of this neglected mud-built temple of Siva at Bhattamati village.

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