Shyama Raya Mandir, Bishnupur, West Bengal

The Shyama Raya Mandir (temple) of Bishnupur is unique because of the Panch Chura (five canopies). It is of the Ratna Chuda style of architecture. The temple was built in 1643 by King Raghunatha Sngha. Access to the terracotta work on the temple wall is restricted, but what I saw from a distance of few feet was mind blowing. Stories from epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata are elaborately portrayed.

The craftsmanship of 17th century displayed is amazing! The huge temple, 10.7m high, is built of bricks and covered with terracotta panels. Imagine the attention that would have been paid for such a detailed work. Four of the five canopies are visible from this angle; a total frontal shot would have hidden two out of five of the canopies.

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33 Responses

  1. TexWisGirl says:

    it is beautiful! rugged and old-style!

  2. It's so charming. I must say I haven't seen this type of temple during my visit to India.

  3. Sylvia K says:

    Beautiful and different it is! Terrific captures for the day, Indrani! Hope you have a great weekend!!

  4. Jim says:

    It's beautiful.

  5. Karen says:

    Beautiful play of light and shadow.

  6. ladyfi says:

    How very lovely in that golden light.

  7. Carletta says:

    Love that second shot! Magnificent architecture!

  8. magiceye says:

    Unique!! Beautifully captured!

  9. Steffi says:

    Very beautiful photo for SWF,thank you for sharing!Enjoy your weekend!

  10. incredible architecture! i'm sure the bricks glow at sunrise/sunset. great shot!

  11. eileeninmd says:

    It is a beautiful temple, wonderful detail and photos. Happy Skywatching, Indrani!

  12. Nice shot of the beautiful temple.

  13. NatureStop says:

    Great capture!Have a great weekend!


  14. Renuka says:

    Different architecture

  15. Antonina says:

    Fantastic shot!
    Greetings from Poland:-)

  16. Nilu A says:

    Beautiful, charming and unique click Indrani 🙂

  17. George says:

    This is a beautiful structure. I'm glad you were able to visit and get this photo for us.

  18. says:

    khoob shundor ! very very nice capture 🙂

  19. Carver says:

    Beautiful sky and architecture.

  20. I imagine the brick being this old is likely quite fragile. But it would be neat to see it up close. It's certainly fascinating from this distance.

  21. Such a marvelous engineering marvel you can't think of today.

  22. Arija says:

    A lovely capture with that warm light.

  23. Pranav k says:

    Beautiful capture.. as always 🙂

  24. It reminds me Belur Math Temple in some angles…All the best!

  25. Anjan Roy says:

    Shyama Mandir…it's just so exotic….!!!

  26. Panchali says:

    Splendid! Been the pic made me nostalgic. Thanks Indrani:)

  27. Amazing architecture and beautiful photo. Wish to see it with my own eyes some day.

  28. Namrota says:

    wow.. how lovely 🙂

  29. I have been to bishunupur so many times and love it more each time im there 🙂

  30. Never have been introduced to this style of architecture which is unique and beautiful! Nice Capature

  31. krishna says:

    beautiful shot.. if get chance please take a picture of hansshwari mandir of banshberia and show us…

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