- Vishnu Mandir Group
the wide spectrum of religious life of Tripura, the holy temple groups, like
Hari temple, Jagannath temple, Lakshminarayan temple take pride
of place and furnish adequate proof of the architectural patterns and sculptural
styles existing in the seventeenth century, when they were erected by the theist
kings. The archeological findings reveal that the temple construction was
influenced by the trends of Muslims and Jains, as evidenced by the
existence of minarets and stupas predominating the entire structures. This
harmonious blend, of course, reflects the religious tolerance of the rulers, and
deemed the greatest contribution of Tripura to the history of Indian
architecture. The construction began in the later part of 15th century under the
patronage of Maanikya kings and ended in the 18th century. And most of them are
in and around Udaipura, the then capital of Tripura, and they can be classified
into Char-Chala stupa sirsha and three-storeyed temples. Among them, Hari mandir
and Jagannath mandir deserve space here though they are in ruins. Their well
preserved state highlights certain basic facts.
Vishnu temple, or Hari mandir as it is called popularly faces fast. The main
edifice stands on the brick paved vast walled courtyard and possesses a porch,
ambulatory path and garbhagriha. Its torana is surmounted by dochala roof. The
garbha griha is square shaped but converted into a circle towards the top.
Although fallen, it gives a clear picture of construction with all parts well
Jagannath temple regarded as the most important monument of Tripura was built of
stone, yet shares all the feature of brick temples. The sanctum has a square
base but like the Vishnu temple converted into a circle at the top to form the
inner vault with a series of eight arches. The niches are bereft of images. It
was built by Jagannatha Deva in 1661 and was dedicated to Vishnu. The Lakshmi
Narayana temple furnishes more details regarding the process of erection of roof
and adornments. As many parts are not traceable, exactitude in anything evades
full description. The temple faces west and is provided with staircase. It is
exquisitely decorated and possesses all essential parts.
are accessible by bus from Udaipura or Tripura, the capital of the state of same
name commanding all types of transport facilities.