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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
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BHATTAMATI TEMPLE

Besides there are the masterpieces of Vamanavatar, Mahishamardini, Matsyavatar etc. There is a figure of a lady engaged in playing music on an instrument--her dress, ornaments, make up etc., show a touch of the occident. This mud-built temple's detailed decoration goes very well with the whole building.   There is decoration almost every where from the lowliest foundation to its loftiest pinnacle.  On many walls and pillars the carvings are unobtrusive but none the less as exquisite as the ones meant to draw attraction.  Unfortunately the hand of time has lain already on the temple and unless a concerted attempt in many ways--it will fade away.

This temple also shows a particular change in the concepts as to what should be depicted on a temple as decoration.
Love-scenes between Gods and Goddesses were commonly done before but not a love-scene between a king and
his consort, or the dance of dancing girls being enjoyed by the Nawab.  This change as mentioned before reflects the then society, which was at crossroads and forms an interesting landmark in the temple history of Bengal.2

2 Desh (Bengali), 25th June 1960, (Mrinal Gupta).

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