What is Terracotta and terracotta art?
Terracotta is a type of pottery. It is used to make many pottery items like flower pots, many types of sculptures which look amazing with the natural colour. It has a natural brown-orange color and maybe used for decorative purposes also in homes. Terracotta is the only clay product used since the 14th century. Many sculptures have been found by archeologists which are more than 5000 years old. So, have an interest in terracotta products and order now from our website to make your drawing room more decorative and attractive.
Terracotta art is one of the earliest art forms. This is the finest art form in which the pottery is made by baking terracotta clay and it’s very easy to sculpt different shapes and heated in about 1000-2000 F to harden. Then a shiny coating is given to make the terracotta art watertight. Terracotta art was practiced by man since pre-historic times and it had satisfied the creative impulse of the artists and even the needs of an ordinary man. So, book these amazing products from our website http://panchvaati.com/products-category/handmade/
Top 10 Bishnupur terracotta designed temples –
Rashmancha is one of the oldest Radha Krishna temple built by king Birr Hambir in 1600 CE. It is a square structured brick temple with a pyramid roof, with 24.5 m width and 10.7 m height. In this temple, the terracotta carvings are very less in number. In the outer walls, there is a coating of white limestone which is mainly on its way out.
Jor-Bangla temple was a Chala style temple, which initiates triangular roofs like a rural hut. This temple is built by King Raghunath Singha Dev.II, which was built in the mid-17th century. There are extensive carvings on the ceiling of terracotta art in the classic style of Bengal architecture. The art also covers the exterior and interior walls which mainly make the tourists fascinated. The carvings of terracotta here mostly depict Krishna Lila apart from the animals and human life.
Pancha Ratna Temple
This Ratna style temple was built by King Raghunath Singha. There are 5 shikharas on the top; one is at the center, and the rest 4 are at the corners for what it is named Pancha Ratna. The central Shikhara is octagonal shaped. The walls are highly decorated with terracotta carvings which show the full aspects of Lord Krishna’s life and create a great attraction for the visitors.
King Durjana Singh Deva was the founder of this temple. This temple was built in 1694 AD, in the Ekaratna style which has only one shikhara on the top. This temple also has impressive carvings of terracotta art on the walls. The terracotta work mainly depicts the scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and the Puranas which looks very impressive and was a great attraction for the tourists.
Nandalal temple was built in the 2nd half of the 17th century, by one of the Malla rulers at that time. The temple constructed on a low platform has a square base and Bengali Chala type curved roof, which is based on the Ekaratna style. Once there was a stone carving of different platforms and figures covered with stucco-work on the wall which is full of terracotta work.
Radha Madhab Temple
Radha Madhab Temple is a beautiful laterite temple built in the Ekaratna architecture style dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple was built by Malla rulers in 1737 CE. It consists of a square lower story with a curved roof surmounted by a single shikhara at the top. The beauty of the temple is its three-arched entrance. The pillars are well designed by terracotta art and beautifully carved, which shows some life-learning lessons from the epic Ramayana and Krishna Lila.
This is the earliest Ekaratna style temple built in 1656 AD by Malla King Raghunath Singha. There is an inscription left by the southern facade mentioning this. The temple was built in a square platform with a curved roof. The shrine surmounted by a canopy. On the facade are the terracotta panels depicting since from KrishnaLila and Puranas. The resplendent terracotta carvings are situated at the root top in the fantastic Chala style which fascinates the visitors.
This temple looks very much similar to the Madanmohan temple built in ekaratna style with a square flat roof with carved cornices, and one main canopy on the top. The temple was built by Bir Singha II in the mid-16th It consists of ornamental stucco decorations on low relief carvings which are the art form of terracotta work.
Murali Mohan Temple
Murali Mohan Temple which is dedicated to Lord Krishna, built-in 1665 AD by Shiromani Devi, the queen of Bir Singha II. This is a south-facing akaratna temple built with laterite. This is one of the seven Ekaratna temple located in Bishnupur. It is a square on plan and Sanctum is surmounted by a shikhara instead of arched cover. All the walls surround the 1st floor and it has a pillared corridor on the all four sides which is cultured by terracotta art.
Mrinmoyee Temple was the oldest temple of Bishnupur, which was built by King Jagat Malla in 997 AD. It is said that Maa Mrinmoyee ordered the king in his dreams to build the temple there so that people could worship MA Mrinmoyee. Durga puja has been being celebrated there for 15 days.
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