Souvenir Bankura Horse

Bankura horse is a must buy souvenir from Bishnupur. These horses are made of terracotta and have very unique shape and features. The villages where the terracotta horses and elephants are made in large scale are Panchmura, Rajagram, Sonamukhi and Hamirpur. Each place has its local style. The Panchmura-style of pottery is considered the best and the finest of all the four types. 

These Bankura Horses were made for religious purposes and seen in temples during festivals, but over the years its elegant look was appreciated more and it soon began to adorn the living rooms across the world. The artisans realized the demand and soon it has turned into a good flourishing business for them. They come in various sizes and colors. Those wary of transporting terracotta stuff can buy the wooden forms. 

At the hotel we stayed, there was a huge Bankura Horse. It was at least 7ft. tall and looked so grand! At one of the shops there I inquired the price of such a large sized one, and I was told it is 30,000INR!

Fort Wall of Jaigarh, Jaipur
Baluchari from Bishnupur, West Bengal

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