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Bishnupur (also spelt as Vishnupur) is a town in Rarh in India famous for its terracotta temples.


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By bus, road or train from Kolkata. By bus - Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) and South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) buses ply regularly between Dharmatala/ Esplanade bus stand of Kolkata and Bishnupur. It takes about 4–5 hours to reach Bishnupur.The road distance is shorter than the rail distance, it is about 150 km. By road - From Kolkata travel to Dankuni, take the Durgapur Expressway, at Ratanpur crossing turn left and take the Sheoraphuli-Tarakeswar road, go straight through to Arambagh and Bishnupur. By train - It takes about 3:30 to 4:15 hours from Kolkata, distance 201 km. Convenient connections - Rupashi Bangla Express departing Howrah at 6AM, Purulia Express departing Howrah at 4:45PM and Aranyak Express departing Shalimar at 7:45AM. To come by Aranyak Express from Howrah to Bishnupur,1st one has to come at Santragachi by local train & then by Aranyak Express.All these trains are via Kharagpur,Midnapur. You can also opt for Howrah-Chakradharpur passenger which leaves Howrah at 23:05 hrs. This train has sleeper class provision. Other option, come at Kharagpur/Midnapur/Bardhman/Durgapur by train form Howrah.Then by bus. Netaji Subhas Airport at Kolkata is the nearest for regular commercial flights. Those who are looking for flight connections may check for flights to and from Kazi Nazrul Airport at Andal, Durgapur. From other places - By bus from Tarakeshwar By bus from Durgapur By train from Kharagpur By bus from Bardhman By bus from Durgapur By train from Asansol Jorbangla Temple


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1 See 1.1 Temples 1.2 Other places 1.3 Nearby places 23°4′6″N 87°19′0″EMap of Bishnupur (West Bengal) Bishnupur being a temple town, the focus is on temples, all built of terracota during the reign of the Malla kings, who ruled over the area prior to the arrival of the British. The sights other than temples are also listed below. Temples Chhinnamasta Temple.  23.071787.32681 Jorbangla Temple. Built by King Raghunath Singha Dev II in the 17th century. The ornate terracotta carvings are set off by the roof in the classic chala style of Bengal architecture.  Kalachand Temple.  Krishna-Balaram Jugalkishore Temple. (updated Oct 2017) The Bhogmandap of the Madanmohan temple, constructed circa 1694. 23.080887.32332 Madanmohan Temple. King Durjana Singh Deva built the temple in 1694 AD in the ekaratna style, a square flat-roofed building with carved cornices, surmounted by a pinnacle. Impressive carvings on the walls depict scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas.  23.076187.31153 Madangopal Temple.  Malleswar Temple.  Mrinmoyee Temple.  Nandalal Temple.  Radhagovinda Temple.  Radhalaljiu Temple.  Radhamadhab Temple.  23.072287.32644 Radheshyam Temple.  Sanreswar Temple.  Sarbamangala Temple.  The Shyamrai temple 23.070987.32415 Shyamrai Temple (Pancha Ratna Temple of Shyam Rai). Built in 1643 by King Raghunath Singha. The walls are richly decorated with terracotta carvings featuring aspects of Lord Krishna’s life. It is one of the largest temples.   Other places 23.074287.32631 Baro Pathar Darja. Main Gateway of Bishnupur  Dalmadal Caman. Supposed to have protected Bishnupur when the Bargis (Maratha warriors) attacked from the west.  Garh Darja. Small Gateway of Bishnupur  Gumgarh. The place of no return.  23.063287.32822 Lalbandh.  Nutan Mahal.  The Rasmancha 23.068387.32213 Rasmancha. Oldest brick structure. Built in 1587 by Bir Hambir is a pyramidal structure in the centre of the town, where the deities from the other temples are brought in a procession on the occasion of the Rasa Festival. There are some cannons of the Malla kings in the area.    Stone Chariot.  Nearby places 23.166787.23686 Bahulara (25 km. from Bishnupur). It is famous for the Siddheswar Siva temple and ruins of Buddhist chaityas from early centuries AD. (updated Oct 2017) 23.119787.35487 Dihar (8 km from Bishnupur). It is famous for the Saileswar and Sareswar temples. King Prithvimalla of the Malla dynasty built the temples in 1346.It is one of the proto-historic sites that has been discovered. By about 1200-1000 BC chalcolithic people had settled on the north bank of the Dwarakeswar River. After the early historic period nothing noticeable has been discovered at Dihar till Saivite activity around 14th century AD (updated Oct 2017) 23.072388287.29925168 Dharapat (12 km from Bishnupur). There is a 18th century Jain-Hindu temple. There are three excellent stone idols in the temple — two Jain deities and Vishnu. All three are on the outer walls. There are some stone relics in Dharapat. One of them, and a very interesting one, is a statue of Parasnath that has been converted into a Vishnu idol by carefully adding two hands. It obviously signifies the overpowering Hindu influence after the decline of Jainism in the area.  22.966787.16679 Panchmura (About 10 km from Bishnupur). The village where they make the famous terracotta horses.  Note: Reduce (-) the attached map to see the location of these places properly.