Nabaratna Depara Temple Joypur, West Bengal

On to my next destination Depara Nabaratna temple (nine pinnacled temple)  of Joypur, the pinnacles were visible from the bylane. A small gate to De Family’s house and the temple is in their courtyard measuring approx. 30feet by 40 feet. ‘De’ is Bengali surname. This family was one of the reputed and influential cloth merchants a couple of centuries back.

Temple description

There are columns all around; they have arches rich with terracotta panels. Each of them is themed and tells a story. There are scenes from Dashavatar, Krishnalila, hunting scenes, and daily life scenes. The sub panels depicting individual characters are so detailed, you can see the fingers too.

This particular panel in the right of the main entrance to the temple depicts the scene of Lord Krishna leaving for Mathura, and gopikas blocking his way. One of them can be seen lying on the ground to stop him from going away. If you observe carefully there is one Prathishalipi ( Foundation stone ) which indicates the date of construction as year 1250 in Bengali (lunar) calendar which reads year 1843 in solar calendar.

The nabaratna depara temple has hardly any space around it, measuring may be 10 feet to one side and less than two feet at other. The little master of the house was enjoying a game of cricket in that space. You can see the half surprised and half annoyed look on his face for disturbing his game. He was waiting patiently for me to get over with my photography. Such is the craze of cricket in my country.

Our World Tuesday
My previous post on Joypur:

Unnamed Forgotten Terracotta Temples, Joypur, West Bengal

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31 Responses

  1. Welcome Indrani!
    Thank you for another gem of architecture.
    Post very beautiful and excellent photographs.
    I send greetings from distant Polish.

  2. ashok says:

    beautiful post…Ind, how can u disturb a game of cricket?! That's sacrilege!

  3. Joop Zand says:

    Very good photo's….nice post again.

    Greetings, Joop

  4. Sylvia K says:

    Wonderful, interesting post and beautiful captures, as always, Indrani!! And, as always, thank you for sharing! Hope you have a lovely week!

  5. TexWisGirl says:

    your description of the young man made me smile. 🙂 beautiful temple.

  6. ladyfi says:

    These are really gorgeous!

  7. George says:

    I'm glad you found this beautiful temple and shared it with us. The details on the panels are amazing.

  8. another temple worth visiting.

  9. temple, beach, field, mountain… anywhere you go in India… you cannot run from Cricket! 😀

  10. Looks like a very interesting place and the pics are also . . . . A G+ for ur post and have a Nice Day. . . 🙂

  11. such a beautiful old building

  12. I'm impressed that you were able to get such good photos in such a confined space! I really like the first photo. And I smiled when I read about you taking the photo of the boy. Kids really are the same the world over!

  13. Bibi says:

    Lovely….would like to go there one day; who knows? Next trip?

  14. Beautiful post and lovely pics 🙂

  15. Al says:

    This has such incredible workmanship, I'm impressed. Nice shots!

  16. Cricket is surely a religion in our country. Amazing temples in so many corners of our country and that too in such cramped up little spaces.

  17. Ileana says:

    Beautiful again! I would love to visit India one day!

  18. Nice shots Indrani. didn't know about it..will try to visit..:-)

  19. Hi Indrani
    We can understand the craze of cricket here, I think you description of what he's thinking is spot on! I have loved joining you on this journey – thank you.
    Wren x

  20. Red Handed says:

    Amazing clicks Indrani!! Took us for a tiny trip!!!

  21. The temple tops are miniature of the Dakshineshwar Temple? Similar architecture…

  22. Lovely lesser known temples. Thanks to you for bring these lesser know gems to us.

  23. awesome shots…beautiful write up..

  24. Wah ! I just love this architecture. It must be made of bricks ? And the relief work, is that made on sandstone or terracotta ?

  25. neeraj says:

    I love the photos. any reason why you don't put up bigger ones, Indrani?

  26. Seeta says:

    I am sure I have said it before, saying it again… you open up avenues for me to visit Indrani.. 🙂

  27. Erni says:

    Interesting post and beautiful captures

  28. Great photos! The boy does look eager to get back to his game.

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