Unnamed Forgotten Terracotta Temples, Joypur, West Bengal

Joypur, 18kms from Bishnupur has two reasonably well maintained terracotta temples. The drive through Joypur forest reserve was refreshing and we planned to search out the temples in the interiors of village of Joypur. We had to halt at several place to ask for directions. Finally we did manage to locate the temples. Before I present them to you here are two unnamed, forgotten terracotta temples from Joypur.

The dilapidated condition of the temples crushed my heart! These temples belonged to rich zamindars (landlords) many many decades back. As they fell into bad times, taking care of these temples proved a costly affair to them and hence neglected.

Look at the door, made from tin sheets, the path too looked 
unused for long with shrubs and dry leaves all around.

The pujari who conducts pujas in these temples have to a Brahmin by caste and they have to be offered rice, vegetables and clothes on monthly basis, this is besides the daily stuff required for puja, I was told. With not much resources left for their own families and as the families grew bigger, none took responsibility to maintain these daily affairs.

This work on the walls there reminded me of
 what we see as graffiti these days in cities.

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35 Responses

  1. Charming and beautiful. A pity they are uncared for !

  2. Thanks a lot for sharing, Beautiful pics.

  3. Shaivi says:

    Nice pics…I wish they are maintained well now.

  4. Joop Zand says:

    Excellent photos Indrani

    I wish you a happy new year.

    Greetings, Joop

    thanks for all the lovely comments over the past year.

  5. Aditi says:

    Wow looks splendid…mystical…the in built stone sculpture is so good!

  6. Beautiful structures.

  7. Bibi says:

    I feel the same way about the condition of so many haveli in India…so sad to see them in such a state.

  8. TexWisGirl says:

    i can imagine they are difficult to keep intact with weathering and age and overgrowth.

  9. ladyfi says:

    Such intricate and lovely old buildings.

  10. Sylvia K says:

    Wonderful, amazing old buildings and it is sad to see them in this condition, but not really surprising these days. Great captures as always, Indrani!! Have a great New Year!


  11. Carver says:

    Very beautiful. In some ways the aging state is appealing to me.

  12. Teracotta temples? Nice. Wish they were maintained well. Even a few temples of a few great kings in Tamil Nadu are in a dilapidated state.

  13. George says:

    It's a shame these temples have been abandoned and neglected, but I'm glad you were able to photograph them before they deteriorated even more.

  14. Cloudia says:

    The subcontinent is a treasure box of human history!


  15. oh what a sad state. what would it take for the gov't or say NGO to take over the care of these temples?

    happy new year. thanks for all the wonderful photos and travel stories you shared this year.

  16. Pallavi says:

    How sad that these temples are not being looked after. They are beautiful !

  17. What a great place ! But with all the treasures in India it is hard to maintain them all. Wishing you luck and happiness for the New Year!

  18. Ileana says:

    Great as usually . Wish you a Happy New Year!

  19. Happy New Year, Indrani. Glad to have found you this year – to enjoy your posts and learn a think or two about photography.
    Lovely post this. πŸ™‚

  20. Very Nice discovery Indrani. Nice pictures and a very good journey to the past

  21. Senorita says:

    Awesome find and pics.

  22. These are beautiful pics and a good to read account. I wish you a very Happy New Year. πŸ˜€ May we all stay healthy and wise. πŸ™‚

  23. Bishnupur hmm! Been there..loads of heritage implanted in there πŸ™‚
    Nice clean captures. Cheers!

  24. Namrota says:

    I never knew of this place, interesting it is. I will visit next time I'm there.

  25. Seeta says:

    Rather sad to see the state these temples are in now…. 😐

  26. Nice photographs..Its a pity that these temples are never taken enough care of by the ASI..no restoration..nothing..

  27. Presented some piece of history..good luck!

  28. eileeninmd says:

    Beautiful temples and photos, Indrani!
    I wish you all the best in 2014, a Happy Healthy New Year!

  29. Our own Bengal is blessed with abundance of artistic heritage, its a shame we don't care for them. Nice images.

  30. Heartbreaking indeed to see these beautiful reminders of our rich architectural and cultural heritage at rotting away with the ASI oblivious to their existence even.

    Irony is that ASI fails to see beyond the Red Forts and Old Forts and the Qutub Minars. But then us citizens …hardly any regard for preservation, we are more to blame.

  31. thanks for highlighting. such places offer an easy place for robbers to take precious old heritage statues and sell it on black market for millions.
    hopefully ASI wakes up soon.

  32. What beautiful and unique buildings.

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