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This is a view of ShyamRai Temple in Bishnupur in the state of West Bengal.

The Malla kings built the Shyam-Rai temple in the 2nd half of 17th century. The temple is decorated with major terracotta work. Malla kings were 'shakta', ie. worshippers of 'Shakti'(Kali , Durga) ,but became 'vaisnav' ie. worshippers of Bishnu and His incarnations(Krisna). All the idols of Krisna-Radha used to be brought here during 'Rasa' festival every year. How important 'Rasa'-festival was to the Kings of Mallabhum becomes apparent when we see the prominence of 'Rasa-mandala's on the west and southern faces of Shyam-Rai temple, built on 1643 AD.

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  • Copyright: Avishek Khan (avishek_khan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 20 N: 94] (544)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-10-20
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-09-14 1:33
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