Panch Ratna, Shyama Raya Temple

Five Towered Temple of Bishnupur, West Bengal.

Shyama Raya Temple is a typical example of Panch Ratna (five tower) style of temple architecture. There is one huge one in the centre and four slightly smaller ones in four corners. The temple was built in 1643 by King Raghunatha Sngha.


The picture below is from the online gallery of Brish Library. It was taken by photographer Walter Campbell around 1869. Today this is one of the best maintained temples of Bishnupur. You will see a  fence around the temple to prohibit reckless tourists from touching the panels. The panels have fine delicate work, vibrating with life! I will be doing a photo essay on it soon.

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33 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Your capture of this temple truly took my breath away, Indrani!! So beautiful and such lovely grounds!! I look forward to your post about it!! Hope your weekend is going well!! Enjoy!

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    the curving roofs are just so beautiful!

  3. Great picture Indrani but I am little confused why you always post the picture of temple in Skywatch Friday. As per my understanding, it is for showcasing skies…

  4. ladyfi says:

    How very very beautiful!

  5. Sudhir R says:

    Magnificent is all I can say

  6. Beautiful temple. Happy weekend!

  7. Beautiful photos and post.

  8. That is a wise step to enclose these great pieces of art.I wish many temples of such antiquity follow this.Thank you for making us aware of such precious spots.

  9. Thomas Lee says:

    Wow! Beautifully preserved.

  10. afanja says:

    Wonderful shots with beautiful light on the temple. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

  11. They are astronomical, brilliant piece of archaeological biuldings.

  12. Carver says:

    Beautiful temple and your photographs are great.

  13. arabesque says:

    just by looking at its exterior,
    you'd be amazed at its intricacy and details.
    it's just beyond words.
    i;m glad you're sharing a slice of india we don't know about.

  14. Gail Dixon says:

    Looks like something from a fairy tale. Just beautiful!

  15. It's very good that tourists must stand away from the handsome temple. The light was gorgeous when you took the photos.

  16. Excellent photography

  17. Jeevan says:

    Wow! It stands as a testimony and seems like one of the best recoveries of past… awesome compositions on it. Love the details

  18. Beautiful monument Indrani ! And loved your posting the old picture as well.

  19. Wow Beautiful 🙂 🙂

  20. Marvelous! Splendid! A thing of beauty is this. Nicely captured… 🙂

  21. Great capture..Thanks for sharing the last photo.. :-0

  22. No words…realyy waiting for the next details

  23. Beautiful post like always 🙂

  24. Anita says:

    So pretty, Indrani 🙂

  25. vbothransh says:

    Fantastic picture. It seems quite professional, good job Indrani.

  26. Awesome pics, loved all of them.

  27. Gopal Garg says:

    Hey!! First of all thank you so much for enlightening keen people like me about cultural sites like these..amazing shots..have travelled all over but never knew such a temple existed..truly marvellous..But looking at its condition now, I think measures should be taken to preserve it. Enjoy! Peace!!

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