Ras Mancha Temple, Bishnupur, West Bengal
As I toured, what I got to see here was nothing like the stone architecture in the door frames of Reims, France or the intricate designs of Madurai Meenakshi Temple of Tamil Nadu, India. Instead it was fragile, delicate terracotta work. Worn off at many places, yet vibrating with life! I am highlighting the Ras Manch Temple, Bishnupur in this post.
Ras Mancha Temple, Bishnupur
King Bir Hambir, whose reign is considered as the golden age of Mallas, introduced the worship of Madan Mohan (Krishna). He built the impressive Ras-Manch Temple in 1587 AD. King Bir Hambir was a contemporary of Akbar in Delhi then. This temple was not dedicated to any particular deity but during the annual Ras festival, idols of all deities were congregated here. The temple has a unique pyramid like structure, only one of its kinds in the whole of West Bengal. Be sure to place it high in the list of must sees here in Bishnupur in West Bengal.
Location of Ras Mancha Temple
Here is the google map for directions from Kolkata to Bishnupur. You can reach by road (bus, taxi) and by rail.
By air: The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International, Kolkata, about 150 km away. Then take a train, bus or cab
By train: There are direct trains from Howrah to Bishnupur.
By bus: Regular buses ply from Kolkata’s Esplanade and Shahid Minar Bus Terminus.