Jor Bangla Mandir, Terracotta Temple, Bishnupur

Jor Bangla Mandir (Temple) is typical do chala (2 roof) terracotta temple in Bishnupur. The temples here are of Chala style of architecture. Chala in local language of Bengal means roof. The temples are categorized as per the number of roofs. These temples have triangular roof and at first glance you will feel its striking similarity with rural huts. Depending on the number of chalas these temples are named: Chaar Chala (four roofs) and Aatchala (eight roofs).

Jor Bangla Mandir

Jor Bangla Mandir is one of the few temples of Bishnupur which is in good condition. The fondness with which my guide explained the Jor Bangla Mandir, I could make out it was his favorite Chala style temple. I too felt this is one of the must see temples of Bishnupur. The terracotta panels are undamaged and effect of wearing out is not prominent yet. It was built by Raghunath Singha II in 1655 A.D. The temple platform is squarish and measures 12m by 12m we were told.

These panels have detailed scenes from the Mahabharata, Ramayana and Krishna-Leela. The prayer room was shut. It houses the idol of Shadbhuja (6 hands) of Shri Chaitanya. The idol is not worshiped anymore.

 

Jor Bangla Mandir
Jor Bangla Mandir Bishnupur

 

Do Chala Architecture

The do-chala (two roof) style was used by Muslims and exported to other parts of India. The 17th century architecture of Delhi, Lahore, Gulbarg has monuments with this style. By 18th century this style became popular in parts of Rajasthan and can be seen in the palace balconies and garden pavilions there.

There is another ‘Chala style’ temple which I hope to see in future and that is in Bangladesh. It is the ‘Gopinath Jor-Bangla’, a Hindu temple located 1km (0.62 mi) east of Pabna District in Bangladesh.

Jor Bangla Mandir Facade
Jor Bangla Mandir 2


How to Reach Bishnupur from Kolkata

By air: The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International, Kolkata, about 150 km away. Then take a train, bus or cab

By train: There are direct trains from Howrah to Bishnupur.

By bus: Regular buses ply from Kolkata’s Esplanade and Shahid Minar Bus Terminus.

Getting Around Bishnupur

Within the city you will get rickshaws, buses and taxis as means of transportation.

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37 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    The intricate carving never ceases to amaze me!! Beautiful! And wonderful captures, as always, Indrani! I wish some of my many travels over the years would have taken me to India! I have learned so much about the country and culture from bloggers over the past six years and I would love to see/visit there. Hope you have a lovely weekend! Enjoy!

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    that is neat! i like the roof-style!

  3. Beautiful architectural facade.

  4. this style is very charming. i hope this one will be preserved.

  5. Kusum Sanu says:

    Beautiful carving!

  6. Beautiful picture. I really like the last 2 pictures, they look like in continuation..

  7. ladyfi says:

    Wow – so very very gorgeous!

  8. All these terracotta temples of West Bengal, you have reported so far, are so beautiful Indrani. Loved exploring these with each of your posts 🙂

  9. I can see the intricate work in the pictures.How ancient are these?

  10. Sudhir R says:

    Fantastic! each one a gem!

  11. WOW..Beatiful..Very well captured Indrani..

  12. Thomas Lee says:

    The carvings on the wall looks so delicate.

  13. Antonina says:

    Great architecture!
    Enjoy the weekend!

  14. Carver says:

    The architecture is fantastic.

  15. Laura says:

    I love the intricate details… beautiful Indrani!

  16. Bibi says:

    I would love to see the panels closer; they look beautiful.

  17. Jeevan says:

    Wow! Absolutely fascinating details and marvelous angles over there… Glad seeing the temple without much damage.

  18. beautiful captures. the architecture of this place is wow

  19. George says:

    I really like this style. The temple is beautiful, and I'm glad to see that the terra cotta details are intact and still sharp in details.

  20. first image is just beautiful !

  21. A great architecture.

  22. Each square is so different from each other. I wonder how they managed to so such intricate work with the bare minimum tools that they had.

  23. Your posts are making me want to plan a West Bengal trip right now! There is so much to see!

  24. Najm Nisa says:

    The carvings are so beautiful !

  25. AmitAag says:

    Great work beautifully captured!

  26. ilakshee says:

    Conveys a rich look

  27. I am always amazed to see the old monuments and their pictures. Thanks for sharing the pics, and i always wonder about the powerful old architecture. Nice informative post.
    cheers,
    Nishchal

  28. Beautiful and such intricate work!
    Chaar chala and aatchala reminds me of our naalukettu and ettukettu…it was traditional homes built in Kerala in earlier times…naalukettu is built even now with a variation.
    Lovely post!

    Following you 🙂
    Deepa
    http://deepazworld.blogspot.in

  29. Magnificent architecture and wonderful shots.

  30. Shape of roof is very different and un-usual !

  31. This is a remarkable building, but what about windows? Is it pitch black inside? Very beautiful and unusual, however. Love the terra cotta color.

  32. I've visited this temple . Good shots Indrani 🙂

  33. It has been 4 years living in Burdwan for me. Still, I couldn't visit Bishnupur. Reading this, I think I must visit the historical gem soon. 🙂

  34. Anita says:

    A lesser known Temple that we got to learn about 🙂
    Good pics, Indrani 🙂

  35. Fly Girl says:

    How beautiful! Do they allow tours in these temples?

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