Hansehswari Temple, Hooghly

Hangseshwari temple was constructed by Raja Nrisingha Dev, great grandson of Raja Rameswar Roy in 1799.


Raja Nrisingha Dev was born three months after the death of his father. The then King of Burdwan grabbed most of the property as there was no living heir to throne in Banshberia. Later he retrieved most of his ancestral property. His visit to Varanasi influenced his religious beliefs and he was drawn more towards tantric rituals. But 3 years after the construction started Nrisingha dev died leaving the temple half finished. Nrisingha Dev’s 1st queen committed Sati on his pyre. His 2nd queen Shankari instructed the immediate completion of the temple.


The construction of 70ft. high Hansehswari Temple was completed in 1814 at the cost of Rs. 5,00,000 then. Image of Hansehswari was installed then. Pink stones were brought from Rajasthan. It has a very unique look with 13 towers, each looking like a budding lotus. The temple has 6 floors, we did not get access to any of the higher floors. It looked as if the temple got a facelift very recently.

See the contrast in the architectural styles 4 generations apart. The one on extreme left Anant Vasudev Temple by Raja Rameswar Roy in 1679 and the one on right by his great grand son Raja Nrisingha Dev in 1799. You can read more here: Ancient Wonder



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26 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    This is so beautiful, different and colorful and I love it!! Superb captures as always, Indrani!! Hope you have a great weekend!! Thank you again for sharing the beauty of your world with us!!

  2. ladyfi says:

    What a fairy tale temple!

  3. Joyful says:

    Great shots! I like the pop of the red domes against a clear, blue sky. Happy SWF!

  4. Sudhir R says:

    Beautiful! First photo, I thought must be a new addition, but amazed to see such a beauty preserved as it is for 300 years. good find Indrani!

  5. Kusum Sanu says:

    Oh! Looks like a castle!

  6. Mike says:

    Beautiful pictures, and love the history behind it.

  7. Gattina says:

    Beautiful architecture !

  8. Thomas Lee says:

    On a glace it looks like Disneyland.

  9. Gail Dixon says:

    The buildings there are so intricate and beautifully designed. Gorgeous!

  10. Icy BC says:

    OMG–that is one gorgeous temple! And your photos are fabulous..

  11. TexWisGirl says:

    it is pretty amazing.

  12. DeniseinVA says:

    You have many marvelous Temples in India Indrani. This one is magnificent. Thank you for sharing them.

  13. Jo says:

    What an amazing building, Indrani. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of history with us. I hope you're having a great weekend. Greetings. Jo

  14. George says:

    Thank you for the interesting history of this beautiful temple. Your photos are marvelous.

  15. Laura says:

    Fascinating history Indrani. That first photo is truly specatular!

  16. This temple is so different, wow! For a second i thought its somewhere in Russia. Nice history to it. My dad was in hoogly for a while i asked him about the temple. He says its looking much better than what he had seen it.

  17. eileeninmd says:

    What a gorgeous temple.. The first shot is awesome.. Have a happy weekend!

  18. More wonderful details of Indian temple architecture. It does look like it has been repaired recently.

  19. vaisakhi says:

    Interesting and very pretty!

  20. Anita says:

    So lovely you are focusing on these lesser known temples…
    Much needed for Incredible India, Indrani.

  21. This is majestically beautiful.

  22. This looks very much influenced by some European architecture style . Amazing indeed!

  23. beautiful capture 🙂

  24. Thanks Indrani for letting us know about Hansehswari Temple. I have not heard about the temple before and it looks special as well. The architecture is different and not like the other temples in India!

  25. Happy knowing something new and is really informative for me. Love the images too !

  26. Interesting facade. Looks more like a castle than a temple.

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