Photo Essay on Jor Bangla Mandir Panels

See the post on Jor Bangla Mandir HERE.This post has series of pictures of the terracotta panels on Jor Bangla mandir (temple) façade.Terracotta has a shelf life of 300 years. During 16th century when there was scarcity of good construction materials like stone, the solution was terracotta. You will find the distribution of such terracotta temples along the alluvial delta of Ganges River where there is abundance of clay.

The discovery of ‘permanence of baked clay’ since ancient times was a boon for the temple makers. The basic structure was made from local laterite and brick. Laterite is red clay; it is coarse in appearance and is used for making foundations, platforms and walls of buildings. It is given a finish with stucco.

Sculpting is done on stucco; unfortunately the fine finish tends to wear off with time. The whole structure looks as if it is enveloped with terracotta plaques. The characters are lined up to create a story on the facades. On some of the facades you will see the rhythmic effect of the repetitive panels above the arches. Be aware, one tends get lost in the flow of the story and in the process loose track of flow of time!




Jor Bangla Mandir



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27 Responses

  1. Beautiful work in terracotta, love it.

  2. An eloquent testimony to the artistic and aesthetic sense of the bygone builders engaged in temple construction.Look at the amazing intricate design on the various panels.Can we replicate such temples and do we have the skilled men?

  3. Great pictures depicting excellent piece of work.

  4. Ash says:

    These are absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing, Indrani.

  5. TexWisGirl says:

    the detail is absolutely astounding to me.

  6. Sylvia K says:

    Like the others, I find the detail in these to be astounding indeed!! Superb captures as always, Indrani! Thank you for sharing! Have a great new week!!

  7. The artwork here is so incredibly detailed, and you have captured it so beautifully.

    Have a wonderful week ahead!

  8. Hilary says:

    Wow.. that's just incredible detail and talent.

  9. Thanks for the story behind this material. Beautiful temple.

  10. Carver says:

    I am always in awe of the artistry going into creating elaborate panels like these.

  11. this is just incredible!

  12. Truly an essay so much in the pics that you have captured. The one with the peacocks was my favorite.

  13. I didn't realize that terracotta was only expected to last 300 years. That's not good news. It would be such a shame to lose such treasures.

  14. Gail Dixon says:

    Incredible carvings. Wow. Did not know either that terra cotta has a "shelf life". Amazing.

  15. Jeevan says:

    Wow! Fascinating details over there and it was good learning something about this kind of buildings. Sounds unique

  16. hats off to the then engineering skillss..terracota..again proved that necessity is the mother of invention..very informative

  17. You've captured even the minute details in the Terracotta sculpture of the mandir….

  18. Anita says:

    Great to see these lesser-known temples & architecture, Indrani.
    Love Incredible India more 🙂

  19. you have captured so incredibly detailed artwork !

  20. D. Prabhu says:

    Amazing photos of Incredible India 🙂

  21. AmitAag says:

    Elaborate panels wonderfully captured!

  22. Sangeeta says:

    I would have never known about these beautiful structures of our country had it not been for you, Indrani.

  23. The intricate detailings captured through camera and writing is a delightful read Indrani 🙂

  24. Sudhir R says:

    Kudos to the artists for creating such gems and to you to introduce these gems to us

  25. The terracotta panels are so beautiful. Wish they could last forever.

  26. Beautiful terracotta structure. One get the feel of the time the beautiful architecture was carved:)

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