Photo Essay on Shyamaraya Madir, Bishnupur, West Bengal

You can read the first part of the temple here: Panch Ratna, Shyama Raya Temple

What is most welcoming about this place and the cared temples is its cleanliness. Guards are ever alert. Lawns, perfectly manicured, graced with seasonal flowers and a maintenance team constantly engaged in maintaining the place neat and clean. Major temples have history and info related to it displayed on a board within its site.

Shyama Raya Mandir, the exterior and interior of this temple is rich with high quality sculpted terracotta panels. The entrances on all four sides are grand with three arches, all beautifully decorated.

Zooming into one of the panels… the details are amazing!

One of the pillars, looked like it was studded with jewels.

A scene from Mahabharat, Bheeshm on a bed of arrows.

Krishna leela is one of the common themes in the terracotta panels.

I found this one very interesting; a huge bird trying to eat an elephant and it is 
surrounded by many elephants. The picturisation has a top view kind of effect.


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33 Responses

  1. Beautiful! The details are amazing.

  2. Jeevan says:

    Marvelous series of pictures and fascinating details Indrani! Glad to hear they put enough effort to maintain the grace of temple.

  3. TexWisGirl says:

    just such impressive detail, once again.

  4. Beautiful, just beautiful.

  5. Sylvia K says:

    I have enjoyed seeing this series so much, Indrani!! Like the others, I'm awed by the incredible detail and you have captured it so beautifully!! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty! Have a great new week!

  6. Thomas Lee says:

    love it when it's well taken care.

  7. DeniseinVA says:

    A magnificent place and I thank you so much for sharing it with us. I love to travel around the world through photos and yours are fantastic!

  8. Cloudia says:

    Thrilling complexity!


  9. George says:

    The details on this temple are exquisite. It's nice to hear that the temple is so very well maintained and cared for.

  10. Taking good care of the temple shows immense respect. I think it makes a huge difference for how visitors act when they are there.

  11. Carver says:

    These are remarkable works.

  12. The detail is mind-boggling. I wonder if anybody anywhere still takes time to do such things.

  13. No words to express how much I am impressed with the detailing.

  14. Extraordinary designs!

  15. Beautiful captures. I am always amazed at the patience that must have been shown for completing such intricate work. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Sudhir R says:

    Such intricacies in terracotta. unbelievable!

  17. Imagining what these sculptures have kept stored in from the past for us to know… beautiful pics!!!

  18. Amazing terracotta work! Bishnupur is a treasure.

  19. Such intricate carvings! I marvel at the skill of those people.
    Amazing and a detailed capture.

  20. Beautiful pics and text..!

  21. krishna leela work is really awesome…loved it sooo much…perfect…and when i read that this treasure is well maintained, I felt very happy.

  22. Its a stunning temple Indrani. Glad you introduced me to it. 🙂

  23. Serious and profuse thanks Indrani for sharing such amazing wonderful and so beautifully captured frozen art!Even I am intrigued by the size of that bird …was the artist familiar with huge birds at that time or simply imagined? The Krishna Ras leela was outstanding and outstandingly captured by you. What's your gear Indrani> Amazing. wishing you more such journeys , Love, Kokila

  24. Thank you friends for you comments.
    Thank you Kokila for the appreciation and interest. I take most photos with my Canon EOS 450D, 200mm lens.

  25. You seriously discover places we have had never heard of and they are so so beautiful.

  26. Thats some heavy duty terracotta work. Its amazing how they did not let the scarcity of stones hinder their creativity and built wonders with clay instead.

  27. AmitAag says:

    Amazingly beautiful work
    …wonderfully captured!

  28. One day I will this all. One day.

  29. The carvings are so beautiful and you have captured them so well !

  30. All the photos clearly portray the intricate details of the artistry and they are indeed telling the story of that age. Have visited all these places during my school excursion days – this post brought back my happy memories from past. Thanks.

  31. D.Nambiar says:

    Wow! Love the colour.
    And the work is very attractive.

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