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General view of the Keshta Raya Temple, Bishnupur

General view of the Keshta Raya Temple, Bishnupur

Photographer: Campbell, Walter

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/33(3419)

Item number: 1000333419

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Keshta Raya Temple at Bishnupur, taken by Walter Campbell in c.1869. The temples of Bishnupur were built under the Malla rulers of Bengal, fervent adherents of the Vaishnavite movement which flourished in the area from the fifteenth century onwards. The Kestha Raya temple was built by Ragunath Singha II in 1655 AD. It is a 'jor bangla' or 'two hut' temple, with the typical curved 'Bangla' cornices and roof. There are fine terracotta panels that decorate the outer walls representing scenes from the Ramayana battle and the life of Krishna, together with genre and courtly images.

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