Staring a small series from Bishnupur, west Bengal
Bishnupur (or Vishnupur) was the capital of the Mallabhum kingdom, once the most important Hindu dynasty in Bengal (founded in the 8th century CE and lasting until the early 19th century). Surrounded by old fortifications, the town has more than a dozen terracotta temples. The 16th-century Jor Bangla and stepped Ras Mancha are excellent examples of brick temples of the Bengali style and are covered by ornate terracotta tiles that depict scenes from the Hindu epics. The dhrupad school of music was founded (16-17th cent.) there under royal patronage. The town is also known for its silk and the stylized Bankura horse.There are more than 100 temples here depicting the art in its truest form..!!
Ras mancha is The oldest brick temple located in Bishnupur, Ras Mancha stands out from the rest for its structure and it is the only temple of its kind in the whole country. It was built by Bir Hambir in AD 1587.
A magnificent red brick building, it has only a single chamber, the sanctum sanctorum, with an elongated tower, surrounded by hut shaped turrets. A passageway surrounds it and some large cannons found here dates back to the Malla period. It was built to host an annual festival where idols, brought from all over the kingdom, were displayed under the arches.
Ras Mancha is a protected monument today and no longer a temple. The popular festival has been shifted to grounds near a Durga temple.
this is my first attempt at clicking architecture..do let me how u all like it..!!!
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pastadog (13111) 2009-03-16 1:16
Hi Indranil, the best POV to enhance the geometry of this monument... maybe there's a way to get rid of that green thing on the left side... regards, Daniel
aadilj (18102) 2009-03-16 1:19
Hi Indranil, I like the red architecture and the angle at which you have composed this shot. The effect is beautiful and the note is extremely informative
sabya26 (335) 2009-03-16 1:48
Hi Indra da
nice take...i was there a month ago ,fantastic place but how do you manage this angle, must be wide angle. i post two photos of this beautiful place here in TE.
nirajsinha (857) 2009-03-16 2:16
This is really good one as Shots of architecture is not common in your gallery. I like the angle of the shot and clear blue sky is adding beauty. The tone of structure is good but as Daniel already said you could have avoided that green things.
Angshu (56592) 2009-03-16 5:29
Like this...in fact would look fwd. to your Bishnupur series. Like the POV from the corner showing the twin perspective with the brick structure contrasting with the clear blue sky. Good work, except the green element on the left...why didn't you crop it?
patelgm (117) 2009-06-05 11:23
Green in the left certainly is villain.
Else, a fantastic capture of architectural beauty of this monument.
Knowing that its your first attempt at architectural photography, I hope there'll be many more wonders in the pipe line from you in future.