Pratapeswar Temple, Kalna, West Bengal

Pratapeswar Temple may look tiny, but the number of terracotta figures on its façade is mind blowing. It was built in 1849 by Maharani Shiyari Kumari, wife of Maharaja Pratap Chand of Bardhaman in the town Kalna situated on the banks of river Bhagirathi.It is a Shiva Temple and houses a black Shiv ling inside.

I was surprised to se the picture of woman in English gown playing a violin, that too on a temple façade. This clearly shows the influence of ruling British on the local artisans. Scroll down to see the picture. The clarity of the minutest details of the figures, their hair style, folds in cloths leaves one speechless!


The board put up by the Archeological Society of India reads: “Raised on a high podium this temple is a very good specimen of the 19th Century Rekha Deul with curvilinear Sikhara and a single arched entrance.” The temples here are known as ‘deuls’. They are fine examples of Bengali Hindu architecture. The most attractive work is that of: The panel of Durga in Mahisasurmardini (slaying the demon Mahisasur) on the side wall atop the arch. This panel is flanked on either side by Ram and Ravan engaged in war against each other.

Bardhaman is easily accessible by rail and road from Kolkata.

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29 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    What an incredible place and, yes, these took my breath away, too!! The details are amazing! Terrific captures for the day as always, Indrani!! Hope you have a great week!

  2. The details are amazing. I cannot imagine how many men and how many years it took to construct this!

  3. TexWisGirl says:

    wow! very, very impressive!

  4. Cynthia says:

    I have to say the same thing: amazing details. Beautiful.

  5. magiceye says:

    Wow amazing is the word!!

  6. Cloudia says:

    human ingenuity awes!

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  7. Amazing architecture with great details..

  8. Anu says:

    Lovely terracotta temples! Are they preserved monuments yet?

  9. beautiful temple… with terracotta…

    nice info


  10. I think Kalna must be close to Kolkata.I missed seeing all these exquisite places unaware of their proximity.Thanks to you we could get a glimpse of the rich treasure.

  11. Nice post, Indrani. The architecture looks great, especially the dome in the first picture.

  12. So unique! So beautiful!

  13. Brilliant terracotta work. You have captured it nicely!

  14. a lot of craftsmanchip here.

  15. Jeevan says:

    Wow! It’s hard to appreciate the marvel etched on walls! Fabulous details and remarkable capture.

  16. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, the details are beautiful. A gorgeous temple with amazing carvings and statues. Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing your world.

  17. Bibi says:

    I am always intrigued by and in admiration of the intricate carvings on Indian temples.

  18. Excellent architecture!

  19. Gary says:

    Fabulous carving!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  20. Carver says:

    Wonderful shots of the temple.

  21. George says:

    This may be a small temple, but it is certainly beautiful. The figurines are amazing.

  22. I love all the details and color of this gorgeous place, wonderful

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  23. The figurines look very different from the ones I have seen so far in India. Is it typical for the area where the temple is located?

  24. Icy BC says:

    My gosh, look at that details! It's just amazing and intricate..

  25. Anna says:

    Beautiful details, Indrani!
    Great photo's…
    Warm greetings,

  26. Nice Post, Good Details. . .

  27. Very nice indeed, the workmanship is outstanding. Well done Indrani.

  28. The women look very serene and sure.

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