Welcome to Bishnupur
Known for its beautiful terracotta temples, Bishnupur, 140km northwest of Kolkata, was the capital of the Hindu Malla kings who ruled in this part of western Bengal from the 7th to 18th centuries. Its golden age came in the 16th and 17th centuries when the kings made tribute payments to the Mughals and patronised the arts and crafts. The terracotta temples stand among the finest of Bengali architecture, with their bold mix of Bengali, Islamic and Oriya (Odishan) styles. They're built of brick, with (in most cases) facades covered in hundreds of intricately detailed terracotta panels depicting scenes from the Hindu epics, animals and scenes from contemporary life.