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Thekkady - God is the most beautiful, and beauty is the expression of God.

  Thekkady Thekkady a perfect destination for all type of travelers in south India. If you are a nature lover and are looking for a place to cool yourself off of the hustle and bustle of day to day life, Thekkady would be a great choice for you.  Look forward to days of relaxation, gorgeous views, spice plantations, and a lot of thrill and adventure to your Kerala trip with Thekkady on your travel route. With its breathtaking beauty, cozy climate, and diverse wildlife, greenery, beautiful land the place would calm your mind and purify your being. The evergreen and semi-evergreen forest which is bordered by the Western Ghats offers so many places to visit in Thekkady with varied terrain and diverse vegetation. The soothing effect that these places can bring is unparalleled. Hence it is considered one of the best tourist locations in Kerala.  Information About Thekkady Thekkady is also called Periyar and sometimes known as Kumily too. Kumily is the place where we normally stay and Thekka

Bishnupur - Terracotta Temples & Baluchari Sarees

Bishnupur

Bishnupur (Vishnupur) located in Bankura district of West Bengal, gets its name from Lord Vishnu, the deity of the Vaishnavite Malla Kings who ruled it. Synonymous with terracotta, metal-ware and temples, Bishnupur is a famous tourists place. The grandeur of this town can be ascertained by the presence of terracotta Temples, Baluchari Sarees, Handicrafts & Gharana. The Temples of Bishnupur reflect the local architecture of Bengal and most of the Temples here were built between 1622 CE and 1758 CE. Bishnupur's other claim to fame are its distinct style of music, the Bishnupur Gharana, and an excellence in making handicrafts that include silk, conch shell ware and exquisite terracotta crafts.

Bishnupur - Terracotta Temples
Bishnupur is a famous town of terracotta temples, Bishnupur Temple complex consists of 20 Temples as of now. The first of these, the Mrinmayee Temple was built in 997 CE by King Jagat Malla. Malla rulers were Vaishnavites and built the famous terracotta Temples. Terracotta Temples here are the best specimen of the classical style of Bishnupuriya architecture. Mrinmayee Temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga, every year Durga puja in this Temple takes place for 15 days and all the other Temples in Bishnupur do not start the puja until a canon has been fired from this temple.

Bishnupur Temples with terracotta art and large water area and there are approximately 20 Temples in Bishnupur. Most of the Temples made in the decade of Mallaraja namely Jor-Bangla Temple, Rashmancha, Madanmohan Temple and Shyama Raya Temple etc. 

Bishnupur all Temples are within a few kilometres of each other and all Temples can be visited within a day. Mode of transport within the town is cycle rickshaw and all rickshaw pullers in this city are expert guides & have good knowledge of Temples history. 

Rasmancha - Bishnupur
Rasmancha is a building of most visited by tourists in Bishnupur. This monument, built by Mallabhum king Hambir Malla Dev (aka Bir Hambir) in c. 1600 AD, has its own historical and social importance too. This was the place to celebrate Vaishnava Ras festival for entire Bishnupur. During that period, Radha Krishna idols of all the temples of Bishnupur town were brought there to be viewed and worshiped by the local citizens.

Jor Bangla Temple - Bishnupur
The Jor Bangla Temple was built by Malla King Raghunath Singha in c.1655. The temple walls are covered with terracotta panels recounting the life and exploits of Krishna, scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The structure resembles two traditional 'do-chala' village huts put together side by side. One of them serves as a porch and the other, which is behind the former, serves as a shrine. The curved roof of this pair of huts is surmounted by a char-chala sikhara.

Madan Mohan Temple - Bishnupur 
Madan Mohan temple was built by Malla king Durjan Singha in 1695 AD. It is a bigger Temple compared to other Temples in Bishnupur and is it most visited Temple. The roof of the temple is typical Bengali 'chala' type surmounted by a single 'sikhara' or tower. Madan Mohan Temple is mainly built of earthen bricks on a laterite block platform and the frontal facade of the temple is profusely decorated with rich terracotta plaques depicting mythological stories like ‘Krishna Leela’. 

Shyama Raya Temple - Bishnupur 
Shyama Raya Temple architecture inspired from Vrindavan Temple. local community followed local architectural traditions and innovated on their own. The roof of the Temple is typical Bengai 'chala' type and the walls are decorated with most intricate terracotta design. Along with usual forms like flowers, animals etc. Pinting & arts narrted the story of Mahabharat & life of Lord Krishna.


Arts & Crafts of Bishnupur
The most famous art form of Bishnupur is terracotta work. Apart from the Temples, terracotta pottery, crafsmanship and jewellery are popular. One of the most famous Baluchari sarees is created by local craftsmen of this place. The silk strands are dyed separately and then put into a loom. One sari may have an entire episode from the Mahabharata woven into its border and Pallu. Bishnupur is also known for the metal craft, well known as 'Dokra'.

Baluchari Sarees - Bishnupur
Bishnupur is very much popular for Baluchari sarees and Terracotta artifacts in West Bengal, India. Bishnupur’s glorious past is emulated in its traditional architecture and handicrafts such as pottery and weaving. The world famous Baluchari-design was inspired by the terracotta tiles of Bishnupur Temples. Bishnupur is also known for its traditional handloom sarees as well as terracotta pottery, artifacts and jewelry and the Bishnupur school of painting. 

I visited a famous village named “Panchmura” which is the home to famous for terracotta industry. Get a live demonstration on terracotta crafts and take beautiful souvenirs or jewellery to gift your near and dear ones. Enhance the aristocracy of your drawing room with the long necked terracotta horse or 'Bankura Horse' which is the logo of All India Handicrafts as well. 

Best Time to Visit Bishnupur
During winter season October - March 

Special Occasion to Visit Bishnupur
Bishnupur festival is a unique experience. Every year festival starts on 27th December and ends on 31st December. The festival is a perfect blend of the past and the present traditions and is characterized by exhibition and sale of unique terracotta souviner, Crafts, Baluchari Sarees and music performance. This festival held near by Madan Mohan Temple. 

How to Reach Bishnupur 

By Air: Nearest International airport to Bishnupur is Kolkata which is approx 200 km. connecting with all major airlines in India as well as international carriers.

By Rail: Bishnupur railway station is connected with Kolkata by rail & Kolkata is well linked with all Indian metro cities. 

By Road: Bishnupur is connected by roads to Kolkata. Distance from Kolkata to Bishnupur is approx 150 Km. Road condition is good.





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