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The second one from the series..!! this is the madan Mohan temple..!!

The Madan Mohan Temple of Bishnupur is a Hindu temple situated in Bankura district of West Bengal, India. Bishnupur is around 150 km. by bus leaving from Esplanade area of the Eastern capital city of India named Calcutta. The temple is 5km. from the Bishnupur Railway Station. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna.’Madan Mohan’ is another name of Lord Krishna. This temple was built by King Durjana Singh Deva of Malla Dynasty in the year 1694. It is one of the largest temple of Bishnupur. It is made up of brick with terracotta tablets cladding the walls, portico and pillars of the temple.

The main temple is placed on a 16m high square plinth. There are 6 high steps from the ground level to get into the main temple. The main temple is square, big and spacious with walls on all the four sides and a portico in the front side of it. There are 2 pillars of huge diameter at entrance of the portico giving it a look of 3 entrances to the temple. These pillars are really beautifully ornate with terracotta art work. The temple is built in Ekratna style. The roof of the temple is flat and square with curved corners. On the top of the square roof there is a lofty tower rounded on the top. This style of architecture is called Ekratna style. ‘Ek’ meaning one and ‘Ratna’ meaning tower; Single Tower.

These pillars have beautiful terracotta art work on them depicting scenes of the holy classical Hindu epic of Ramayana and Lord Krishna’s life’s tale. On the base of these pillars there are mythological scenes of battle between Hanuman, the Hindu monkey God, and his army of monkeys who were devoted to Lord Rama, the Hindu God and Ravana. It has scenes of Hanuman and his army fighting Ravana and his army with clubs. On one row on the base of the pillar has scenes of Hanuman and his army crossing the sea to reach Lanka, the land of Ravana and the other row has direct fight encounter scenes. On the apex and middle of these pillars, there are scenes from life of Lord Krishna. Here Lord Krishna is shown to romance and dance with Radha, his beloved. These are really lovely to look at. There are also floral patterns on these pillars.The walls of this temple are high and square in shape. All through the walls there are scenes of Lord Krishna’s childhood life and romancing scenes of Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha crafted on terracotta tiles. It has scenes of ‘Rasa Krida’ of Lord Krishna and Radha. On the upper row of the terracotta bird pattern, is a row of terracotta deer patterns. There were several different forms of it and the most memorable was a deer drinking water from a lake. It was so beautifully crafted by the craftsmen and artisan of that time.

Enjoy the art..!!!

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