Guptipara Terracotta Temples, West Bengal

Here are a few pictures from my first halt at Guptipara, a  site with four terracotta temples. The temples are of one room kind of structure, the outline like a thatched hut.. The arches and facades are covered with designs and pictorial representations of epics. Some of them are crumbling, definite sharp features are lost. It is obvious they are getting worn off due to exposure to heat and rain for years.These temples date back to 17th and 18th century.

Guptipara, the name comes from “Gupta Brindavan” meaning secret garden! I reached quite early in the morning when there was no other tourist. The purohit (temple priest) was conducting the morning puja. Seeing our interest he took up the role of being a guide and explained whatever he knew of the temple.

Hope you enjoy seeing the pictures, I am half way through my tour, managed to take out some time to upload the pictures here.

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28 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    it is really beautiful!

  2. Sylvia K says:

    Incredible place and your captures really took my breath away!! So different from anything we have here in the states. Your photos are the next best thing to being there, Indrani! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

  3. Awesome architecture. Nice clicks Indrani.

  4. Jeevan says:

    Looks so impressive temples to check! I enjoyed the first two shots with marvelous details.

    Have a great time!

  5. Wow.. Temple is really beautiful!

  6. Wow…so impressive. What a gorgeous building. Such details.

  7. ladyfi says:

    The bricks, the details – all so very gorgeous!

  8. So beautiful post & captures. Thanks

  9. Anu says:

    Incredible architecture.

    I admire your beautiful photos.
    They are great. Beautiful details.
    I send greetings.

  11. The architectural is simply terrific. I find it very romantic too, the ones I've seen with my own eyes. It makes one daydream of days gone by.

  12. This building is pure poetry.

  13. Jane says:

    Beautiful patterns and color! How special to visit and to experience the puja!

  14. George says:

    The temples you pictured are very different, but both beautiful.

  15. Kusum Sanu says:

    They look magnificent! Some day I would love to visit WB.

  16. Nice pictures ! Such a rich culture -enjoy your time!

  17. amazing craftsmanship and architecture. the terra cotta glows in the light.

  18. 'The outline like a thatched hut'

    I have seen similar terracotta temples at Bishnupur. I remember being so excited on seeing them. I had gone on a short visit to be with my husband who was posted there and this was an unexpected bonus.

  19. Joyful says:

    Stunning architecture. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

  20. Anna says:

    Beautiful details, Indra!
    Great captures…
    Warm greetings from Holland,
    Anna :))

  21. Fun60 says:

    The colours of the brick and the sculptures are truly amazing.

  22. Nisha Jha says:

    This is in my list since so many years, Indrani. Now I am seeing it thru your eyes.

    And no hurries, enjoy your trip. 🙂

  23. Sangeeta says:

    Truly beautiful…wish I could visit these places! Waiting for such posts!

  24. Unique element in this architecture is the use of local material, Clay, which is in abundance. Another aspect is the replication of vernacular architecture of hut with curvilinear thatch roof.

    There is lot to learn from this living example for modern Indian architects, who imitate so-called International Architecture began in the west.

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