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10 Uniquely Designed Temples in West Bengal

By: Akshatha Vinayak

The Eastern Indian state of West Bengal has undergone a lot of religious influences through the course of history. Here are some unique temples in West Bengal which are not just unusual but also picturesque.

Each of these architectures have an interesting history. Hence, they are some of the top exotic temples of India. To name a few, Rasmancha in Bishnupur, Hangseswari Devi Temple, ISKCON in Mayapur, etc. are also some of the popular tourist places which you should visit in West Bengal.

Let us make a pictorial tour!

Hangseswari Temple

Hangseswari Temple

Hangseswari or Hanseswari temple is dedicated to a manifestation of Goddess Kali. It is a 19th century architecture is built according to the Tantric Pricnciples.

Each tower has been designed like a lotus bud. The inner structures of the temple follows the human anatomy. The Hangseswari Temple is located in Banshberia in West Bengal.

Photo Courtesy: Amartyabag

Rasmancha

Rasmancha

Rasmancha is a unique brick temple built by Malla King Vir Hambir in 1600 CE.

The temple has a pyramidal structure and terracotta has been used in the carvings. Rasmancha is located around 27km from Bishnupur and it is one of the unique temples to visit in West Bengal.

Photo Courtesy: Jonoikobangali

Bahulara Siddeshwara

Bahulara Siddeshwara

Bahulara Siddheshwara Temple belongs to the Kalinga style of architecture. This ancient temple is known for its intricate carvings on the walls.

It is a Shiva temple located in Bankura district. The brick structure has the Rekha -Deul style of architecture.

Photo Courtesy: Pal anirban

Jor Bangla

Jor Bangla

Jor Bangla resembles a village hut and this style of architecture is indigenous to West Bengal.

This historical monument is situated in Bishnupur and it is also called as Char-Chala.

Photo Courtesy: Jonoikobangali

Belur Mutt

Belur Mutt

Belur Mutt or Belur Math is the main centre of Ramkrishna Mission. It was set by Swami Vivekananda which played a major role in Ramakrishna Movement in India.

The temple architecture is special as it signifies the unity and diversity of all religions. Today, it is one of the major tourist places that allure visitors in West Bengal.

Photo Courtesy: TheMandarin

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple is located on the Eastern banks of Hoogly river near Kolkata.

The temple has a large complex containing 12 Shiva Temples, Radha-Krishna temple, Rani Rashmoni Temple and a river ghat.

The temple is built in Nava Ratna style of Bengal architecture which has 9 towers and 3 storeys.

Photo Courtesy: Knath

Shyam Ray Temple

Shyam Ray Temple

Shyam Ray Temple is one among the temples of Bishnupur. It is also known for the Terracotta carvings.

Shyam Ray Temple is one of the stuctures built by the Malla rulers in West Bengal.

Photo Courtesy: Jonoikobangali

ISKCON Temple

ISKCON Temple

Mayapur is believed as the birth place of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Gaudiya Vaishnavism). It is the headquarters of ISKCON Temples in India.

Srila Prabhupada's (founder of ISKCON) memorial is the main attraction in Mayapur. This samadhi mandir gets thousands of visitors year round.

Photo Courtesy: Joydeep

Rampara Kalibari

Rampara Kalibari

Rampara Kalibari is a famous Kali temple near Kolkata. It is also called as Siddeshwari Kali.

The temple has the wooden idol of Kali and it is said to be 500 years old.

Photo Courtesy: WhimsicalMind

Kripamayee Kali Temple

Kripamayee Kali Temple

Kripamayee Kali Temple was built in 1848. Here the goddess Kali is said to be Kripamayee (merciful).

It is also called as Jay Mitra Kalibari as it was built by the zamindar Jayram Mitra.

Photo Courtesy: Jonoikobangali

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