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General view of the Shyama Raya Temple, Bishnupur

General view of the Shyama Raya Temple, Bishnupur

Photographer: Campbell, Walter

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/33(3422)

Item number: 1000333422

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Shyama Raya Temple at Bishnupur, taken by Walter Campbell around 1869. The temples of Bishnupur were built under the Malla rulers of Bengal, fervent adherents of the the Vaishnavite movement which flourished in the area from the fifteenth century onwards. The Shyama Raya temple, built by Ragunath Singha in 1643 AD, is a 'pancha ratna' or 'five towered temple'. It has a typical Bengali curved cornice and stands on a low platform. The terracotta relief panels are decorated with scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and from the life of Krishna.

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