Thursday, July 9, 2015

Terracotta temples of Kalna - Lalji Temple

Terracotta temples of Kalna - Lalji Temple
Natamandapa in front of the Lalji Temple.
A bike (motorcycle) trip was long due and what could be better than a monsoon day when you are never sure when it starts drizzling. Being only about sixty kilometers away from my hometown, I had been to Kalna before and had visited its much renowned terracotta temple complex along with 108 Shiva Temples. Apart from a short ride my craving for clicking photos was on its peak too. After a heavy homely lunch, the only feasible destination I could think of was Kalna. The road wasn't quite merciful, so was the weather. On reaching Kalna, without wasting a single minute I directly headed to the terracotta temple complex. Five O' clock meant afternoon was already over. The falling daylight and whimsical sky weren't in favor of this amateur shutterbug. Well, the second temple I visited was the Lalji Temple, the oldest in the group, erected in 1739 AD enclosed in a compound.
Terracotta temples of Kalna - Lalji Temple
Many terracotta figures have worn off yet there are lot left for you to see and appreciate!
Other than ruthless time, indifference from Archaeological Survey of India and thin carpet of mosses have taken their toll on the rich terracotta ornamentation over Lalji Temple. The presiding deity of Lalji temple is Lord Krishna. This brick-built temple has twenty-five peaks on its roof and this pattern of temple architecture is termed as 'Panchavimsati-Ratna'. There is a Natamandapa and another mountain-shaped temple called Girigovardhana Temple in front of the Lalji temple enclosed in the same boundary walls. The facades of the temple are also decorated with beautiful terracotta art. Although many terracotta figures have worn off yet there are lot left for you to see and appreciate! If you're visiting the town of Kalna or any nearby place, a visit to Lalji Temple should be in your 'must do' list. Please visit back when I return with photos of other terracotta temples of Kalna.
Terracotta temples of Kalna - Lalji Temple
Girigovardhana Temple in front of the Lalji temple.

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful architecture...I wish such places had proper tourism to attract visitors....

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    1. Really Maniparna... only due to our dumb state tourism nobody (majority) considers places of Bengal as tourist destinations :(

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  2. Amazing architecture! Cheers, Archana - www.drishti.co

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    1. Rightly so... Thanks for the visit Archana :-)

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  3. Nice Shots.Wonderful craftsmanship.Thanks for sharing.
    http://www.srikri.com/

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  4. Hey AS! Loved the horsemen. This was the first time I heard of this terracotta temple - thanks for bringing it to readers like me.

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    1. Oh really... my pleasure then! May be I should put terracotta temples of Bishnupur too for your viewing :-)

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  5. Wow. The first pic looks fabulous. What a beauty!

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