<!-- See WikiProject Indian cities
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() is a town and a municipality
in Bankura District
in the state of West Bengal
. It is famous for its terracotta temples
and the balucheri sarees
Bishnupur was ruled under the Gupta period by local Hindu kings who paid tribute to Samudra Gupta
. Following a long period of obscurity, where the land oscilated between being a minor independent principality and a vassal state . The land is also called Mallabhum after the Malla rulers of this place. The Malla rulers were Vaishnavites
and built the famous terracotta temples during the 17th and 18th century at this place. The terracotta temples here are the best specimen of the classical style of Bengal
architecture. The legends of Bipodtarini Devi
are associated with Malla Kings of Bishnupur.
Bishnupur (the distance from Kolkata is 132 km), now the headquarters of the subdivision of the same name in Bankura district, is a seat of crafts and culture.
For almost a thousand years it was the capital of the Malla kings of Mallabhum
, of which Bankura
was a part, till their power waned during the times when Mughal Empire
weakened under the last monarchs of the dynasty.
The patronage of Malla king Veer Hambir
and his successors Raja Raghunath Singha
and Veer Singha
made Bishnupur one of the principal centres of culture in Bengal. Most of the exquisite terracotta temples for which town is justly famous were built... Read More