Temple of Keshta Rai
Built by King Raghunath Singha Dev II in the 17th century. The elaborate
terracotta carvings are put off by the top in the archetypal chala fashion
of Bengal structural design. Madanmohan Temple
King Durjana Singh Deva built the temple in 1694 AD in the ekaratna fashion,
a four-sided figure flat-roofed building with carved cornices, surmounted
by a summit. Striking carvings on the ramparts portray scenes from the
Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas.
43 kms and 48 kms respectively. These two places
are related with Shri Ramakrishna and his ensemble Shri Maa Sarada. Mukutmanipur
82 kms. A barrier has been constructed crossways the rivers Kangsabati
and Kumari. It is a charming spot for a calm holiday.
25 kms. The Siddheswar Shiva Temple of Bahulara is well recognized for
its exclusive architectural fashion and delicate decoration of the temple
walls. The Shaileswar Temple of Dihar, 8 kms from Bishnupur, is also an
older temple. Panchmura
21 kms. It is a famed place for the terracota Bankura Horse, a folk artifact
and at the present the nationwide representation for Indian handicrafts.
50 kms. The illustrious rock inscription of Chandavarma can be seen on
the parapet of a cavern. Here is an enjoyable holiday resort in wintry
weather. It is in addition, a centre for rock mountaineering & trekking.
Ras Mancha (3 kms), Dalmadal Cannon, Jor Bangla Temple (5 kms), Madan
Mohan Temple (5 kms), Malleswar Temple (6 kms), Lalji Temple, Mrinmoyee
Mandir (3 kms), Shyam Rai Temple (7 kms), Malla King's Fort (3.5 kms),
Jogesh Chandra Pura Kirti Bhavan Museum (Timmings 1000 to 1200 & 1400
to 1800 hours).
Terracotta is the yardstick of Bishnupur. Apart from the temples, terracotta
ceramic, artifacts and even ornaments prepared in this very conventional
bits and pieces is well-known. Bishnupur is in addition acknowledged for
its silk (tussar), chiefly the Baluchari Sarees. Bellmetalware, conch-shell
jewellery is also accessible here. Festivals
There is a snake fiesta in August and the Bishnupur
fair in December.
Most significant celebration of Bishnupur is Jhapan, held in the splendor
of Maa Manasa, the daughter of Shiva & deity of snakes. Jhapan represents
the snake adoration sect in Bengal. It is mainly a provincial crop festival
and directly related with the productiveness cult too. Amidst chanting
of hymns in grandeur of Goddess Manasa, groups of snake charmers display
tricks and feats with venomous snakes. Charmers, bring king cobras, spectacled
and other cobras, vipers, kriats, pythons, rat snakes, vine and flying
snakes, in baskets made of cane, bamboo or grass, to the old fortress
land, attracts a large gathering every year.
One more lively event is held at Bishnupur with huge splendor. This is
famous as the Indra Puja or the Indra Parab. On this event the Malla Raja
of Bishnupur presents yellow turbans to neighboring Santal chiefs. Gajan (March-April)
Gajan fair begins at the end of a week culminating in month long pastoral
fairs on Shivaratri day and is a accepted fair of countryside Bengal.
The fiesta at the Bahulara Siddheswar Shiva Temple (25 kms away) and the
fair draws huge crowds from far-away places.