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.

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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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