Month: March 2023

Rasmancha – Bishnupur

In towns and villages all over West Bengal one can find examples of Rasmancha and Dolmancha. They are usually quite small structures, Dolmanchas being square or rectangular in shape, Rasmanchas being octagonal or hexagonal, raised up on a platform and crowned with a pinnacle. Their main purpose is […]

The Four Shiva Temples of Uchkaran

The mid 18th century heralded a wave of temple construction in West Bengal. As Muslim rule started to diminish, Hindu zamindars demonstrated their wealth by building new temples, richly decorated with fine terracotta ornamentation, a statement that their stature had been regained after many centuries. In the small […]