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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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PREFACE

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Apart from these Chanditalas there might be other open spaces where the images would be left exposed to nature. Very often there would be some image near the village tanks and bathers would offer puja  very reverentially although it would hardly  strike them that they were not even  offering a shelter to the deities they worship.  From the Thakur Ghar in the  household and Chanditala, there was an evolution of the Bengali Do-chala, Char-chala or At-chala temple which wasas mentioned earlier only a replica of  the huts where the Bengal villagers live.

Jor-Bangla temples are also common and they are nothing but two roofs of huts adjoining each other. Ordinary clay and mud, mud-baked bricks and the normal indigenous tools of the mason and the architect have produced a number of superb temples scattered in different parts of Bengal. The contribution of sculptors on the mud walls and on the mud-baked bricks is of a very high order. Some of the temples of Bankura district like Jor-Bangla temple and Madan Mohan temple at Bistupur, Shree Dhar temple at Sonamukhi show very fine specimens of sculpture. Sculptors are as successful in depicting figures of birds and animals, bullock-carts, scenes of Shikar as they are clever in panel work.

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