Photo Essay on Duttapara Temple, Joypur, West Bengal

See the previous post on Duttapara Temple: Facade of Dutta Para Temple, Joypur, West Bengal 

There are two triple arched entrances to the temple, one is moss grown, worn out at many parts and dark gray with negligence. Not all nine musicians on the arch are in good form. It is sad to see them in headless form.

I zoomed into the details of southern façade. Here are a series of photo of the terracotta panels.

Lord Krishna and Radha with gopinis. In the second row, there is “Rai Raja” Radha as king and Lord Ram, Sita and Hanuman.


 War between Lord Ram and Ravan (right panel).

The battle between Arjun and Karna in Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna is the charioteer. (left panel)

The ‘many ages old’ door of the temple. Unfortunately the temple had closed after the daily payer rituals, but I found the door details interesting.

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47 Responses

  1. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, amazing details on this temple. The musicians are cool, it is sad they are headless. Lovely series of photos, thank you for sharing your world. Have a happy week!

  2. Sylvia K says:

    Your photos and the details are fantastic, Indrani!! What an incredible temple!! Thanks as always for sharing with us!! Have a wonderful week!!

  3. Renuka says:

    Very interesting and intricate carvings!

  4. TexWisGirl says:

    even with weathering and wear, it is still beautiful.

  5. Nice captures of the gorgeous carvings.

  6. Icy BC says:

    Fantastic photo essay! I love the details you've capture in each of your photo!

  7. Wonderful and fascinating photos! Great!

  8. A great place, I like the temples in India, it is uncredible how much work is done for such a relief.

  9. Oh the poor musicians. I am captivated by the intricate carvings.

  10. Pradeepa says:

    Beautiful temple with intricate carvings. I love the detailed relief works. There are so many beautiful temples in our country which are in such sorry states due to poor maintenance.

  11. ladyfi says:

    Truly fabulous shots!

  12. Truly awesome, Thanks for sharing.

  13. Beautifully photographed. Terracotta structures are a specialty of Bengal.

  14. Gattina says:

    Beautiful pictures ! what an architectural artwork ! Must have taken a long time to make all these little sculptures !

  15. Red Handed says:

    it is beautiful!
    How every carving has a story to tell!

  16. Jeevan says:

    Incredible details! Truly amazing photo series…

  17. Karen says:

    Wow, amazing detail!

  18. Stunning images! Great details. Thanks Indrani for sharing these.

  19. Ancient architecture at its best. The Sculptures and the carvings always keep amazing me. Nice clicks 🙂

  20. George says:

    You've got some marvelous photos of these fascinating carvings. The details are amazing.

  21. This is a treasure. Like the close up shots. Please do that more often 🙂

  22. Oh the beauty of the carvings.I have never been to West Bengal yet….thanks for showing us some sites.

  23. Carver says:

    Wonderful shots and interesting information.

  24. Arija says:

    I find everything about the temple interesting, even the decay that speaks of ages past. Love that double frieze of merrymaking musicians and the horses.

  25. Beautiful architecuture..Lovely snaps..

  26. Superb structures, they are the best Indrani.

  27. How sad it's deteriorating!

  28. what a spectacular old building. the detail is just incredible.

  29. DeniseinVA says:

    A magnificent place Indrani, fantastic carvings.

  30. A magnificent place, splendid architecture!

  31. don´t think I have seen this before. I very much like the door opening in the second shot.

  32. beautiful pic of a great architecture.

  33. just beautiful 🙂

  34. Anita says:

    At first I thought they are Navagrahas- then I saw 'musicians'. Wish we could preserve all our treasures well…

  35. Excellent sculpture ! and you've photographed them so well !Great work..

  36. Such details… Thank you Indrani..Our temples are treasure houses of art and culture. These should be preserved at all costs..

  37. The makers of the temple have put an extra effort upon the detail of the design. It's some Amazing beauty.

  38. Great architecture and sculpting 🙂

  39. AmitAag says:

    A great post with very nice pics!

  40. Lovely pictures as usual,I was wondering why are the figures in the war between ram and ravana,so happy n smiling 😉

  41. Imagining the efforts of the artisans! Thanks for sharing these awesome clicks!

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