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BISHNUPUR – “Temple Town” of West Bengal with a rare blend of rich Cultural background in Traditional Classical Music renowned as “ BISHNUPUR GHARANA ” as Famous like “ MAIHAR GHARANA “ and is the only self-proprietary Traditional Classical Music GHARANA of the entire east region of our country. The foundation has been set up under the constant royal patronage of MALLABHUM and the initiation has came through the hand of the king RAGHUNATH SINGH MALLADEB at 1702, he himself invited USTAD BAHADUR KHAN from DELHI to lay the foundation of the Traditional Music of BISHNUPUR and later that has been carried away quite gracefully by SRI RAM KUMAR BHATTACHARYA and GADADHAR.
The BISHNUPUR has its own significantly rich historical past, each pasted terracotta tiles on the Temple wall carries that proudly since from the very beginning.
BISHNUPUR is a town in the BANKURA District of West Bengal, was the capital of the MALLABHUM kingdom. The town has a glorious past that is reflected in its rich architecture, music and handicrafts such as pottery and weaving and more than a dozen terracotta temples. The land is also called MALLABHUM after the MALLAR rulers of this place. The MALLAR rulers were vaishnavites and built the famous terracotta temples during the 17th and 18th century at this place. The terracotta temples here are the best specimen of the classical style of Bengal architecture. These temples are presently maintained by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
In & Around the BISHNUPUR
The Terracotta Temples (KALACHAND Temple, MADANMOHAN Temple, RASMANCHA, MRINMAYEE Temple at RAJDARBAR founded by the King JAGAT MALLA , SHYAM RAI Temple, CHINNAMASTA Temple, JORBANGLA Temple, JOR Temple, KALACHAND TEMPLE, RADHANATH JIU Temple, NANDALAL Temple ….etc)
## Dalmadol ( Dalmordan )Canon ( it has to be said that this cannon has been fired to eradicate the notorious BARGIS by the LORD MADANMOHAN , the almighty deity of BISHNUPUR, carries the weight of 112 Quintal almost 11,200 kg ), Lal Bandh(a big lake named on LAl Bai) , Terracotta Horse and the BALUCHARI SILK Sarees will attract you to visit MALLABHUM.
The Best terracotta works is to be seen on the wall of JORBANGLA, MADAN MOHAN, SHYAM RAI TEMPLE (PANCHARATNA TYPE (carrying five tomb on top), RADHA GOVINDA Temple, JOR Temple. Mostly depict the story of Ramayana & Mahabharata and other immortal story related to indian mythology, somewhere the day to day domestic life carved also what i have seen on the wall of JOR BANGLA temple and pasted it on little wings still Photo Gallery as a proof of that.
If you passionately loved that a week will not be enough to know it as a whole. As much as you put your head inside you will get astonished a lot and that in turns fascinates you.
# Apart from that if you have any interest on DEUL (one of the from of ODISHA architecture) must visit BAHULARA, the terracotta works on the wall is simply amazing and one of the properly maintained DEUL in India at a distance of 20 km approximately.
# SAYLESWAR & SARENDESWAR Temple stands on the bank of the river DWARAKESWAR at DIHORE Village just 16 km from BISHNUPUR, MAHESHWAR ( SHIVJI ) is deity of that Temple and founded by the MALLAR King PRITHVI MALLA in the year 1346 ( as per Bengali calendar year) and it follows the Architecture of the ODISHA temple. At that time the throne MALLAR ruler was the follower of the God MAHESHWAR (SHIVJI) after a certain period of time they himself converted to vaishnavites by the strong influence of the pious preceptor SRI …..
The nearby places which one can also visit includes Panchmura , Jairambati and Kamarpukur, Jhilimili, Gongoni , susunia , Mukutmanipur , Taldangra , Chenchuria , Joypur forest , Kapistha to name a few…
How To Reach:
BISHNUPUR by Train:
From Howrah Jn (HWH) and Santragachi Jn (SRC) trains depart for Bishnupur in Kolkata. It takes about 3:30 to 4:15 hours from Kolkata.
12883 Rupashi Bangla Express Howrah Dep. Time 06:00 AM
12827 Hwh – Purulia Express Howrah Dep. Time 4:50 PM
58011 Hwh – Chakradhar Passenger Howrah Dep. Time 11:05 PM
12885 Aranyak Express (Except Sunday) Santragachi Dep. Time 07:56 AM
BISHNUPUR by Road:
Regular buses are available from Kolkata (Esplanade/ Dharmatala), to Bishnupur.Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) and South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) buses ply regularly. It takes about 4-5 hours to reach Bishnupur. The road distance is shorter than the rail distance, it is about 150 km.
From other major towns in West Bengal also buses are available
• By bus from Tarakeshwar
•By bus from Durgapur
•By train from Kharagpur
•By bus from Bardhman
• By bus from Asansol
By Own Vehicle you can go by road – From Kolkata travel to Dankuni, take the Durgapur Expressway, at Ratanpur crossing turn left and take the Sheoraphuli-Tarakeswar road, go straight through to Arambagh and Bishnupur.
BISHNUPUR is a town and a municipality in BANKURA District in the state of West Bengal.
It is about 160 km from KOLKATA (State capital of West Bengal). As a an old Town it’s very congested.
Mostly winter is the best season to visit BISHNUPUR, and enjoy this ancient temple town.
There are a number of budget hotels and average Luxury hotel available. Recently a Three star Hotel has been opened at BISHNUPUR with a small Pool Inside.
Government Tourist lodge is there offering good Bengali food.
If you want to stay outskirt of BISHNUPUR at a distance of 12 to 13 km approximately in an isolated good Resort with pool and inside the little warm wooden Tree House room, can be arranged.
Terracotta Temple, handicrafts, Jewelry & fluttering BALUCHORI Silk added with the rural essence of BANKURA and scattered forest….along with a rich historical & cultural background …..In one word Historical Temple Town at the outskirts of Kolkata. Would you love to visit?
ONE MORE THING TERRACOTTA TEMPLE MUST BE SEEN ON THE DUSK TO GET ITS BEST….the soft yellow sunlight of the setting sun makes the history alive, suddenly you found yourself dropped back in the past as time got rewinded and the overall ambiance bewitched you thoroughly.
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