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Place to See in Bishnupur

Here are a list of some interesting places:

1. Rasmancha

The Rashmancha pavilion  was used for housing the idols of Lord Krishna from other temples during the Rash festival was built in brick by King Veer Hambir in 1600 A.D. This is the oldest brick temple in Bishnupur and is shaped as an elongated pyramidal tower surrounded by hut-shaped turrets.

2. Jore Bangla

Temple of Keshto Rai The Jore Bangla temple resembles two thatched huts joined together and surmounted by a single tower. This temple in brick was built by the Malla King Raghunath Singh in 1655.The structure was erected on one metre high platform using laterite bricks. The entire outer surface is decorated with terracotta plaques displaying various aspects of human life and culture, gods and goddesses, animals, floral and geometrical designs.

3. Pancha Ratna

Temple of Shyam Rai
Built in 1643 AD by King Raguhnath Singha, Shyam Rai Temple has the most intricate sculptural details amongst all the Bishnupur temples.

4. Madanmohan Temple

Madanmohan Temple vishnupur

The temple of Madanmohan, the best known in Bishnupur, in the Sankharipara area was built outside the fort compound by King Durjana Singh Dev, in 1694 AD for his family deities of Lord Krishna and Radha. Its rich decorations and designs surpass the Shyam Rai and Keshta Rai temples. There are impressive scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas carved on the temple walls. The temple is the best example in brick of Ratha or chariot style architecture with a single sikhara(tower) and a curve Bengali chala type roof.

5. Lalbandh

Krishnabandh & Pokabandh
Bishnupur has some beautiful large tanks that offer good sightseeing. The Lalbandh, Krishnabandh and Pokabandh were built by the Malla kings around 17th and 18th centuries. These were made to provide water to the villagers and to protect the town from enemy attacj by draining out the water towards them.

6. Bishnupur

Mela  The Poush Mela also known as the Bishnupur Mela is held every year around the last week of December, near the Madanmohan Temple. This fair stretches over four days and people from all the nearby villages come together to celebrate the end of the agricultural season. A recent addition is the Bishnupur Utsav, held immediately after the Mela. It is a classical music and dance festival in recognition of the ‘Bishnupur Gharana’ in music.

7. Buy a Souvenir

One can buy  beautiful terracotta articles and jewellery at Bishnupur . Large variety of Baluchari sarees are also available. Dokra metal craft articles are also lucrative gift items.

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