Feb 6, 2014

Gokulchand Temple, Gokulnagar, West Bengal

Tallest of all old laterite stone temples, Gokulchand temple looked majestic that day against the bright blue sky. A fortified wall in reasonably good condition goes around the temple; entrance too has good safety measures with an impressive gate. A small stone Tulsimancha (a special structure for praying Tulsi plant) can be seen in the pic, it is well decorated and worshiped.

Just opposite the temple is 59 feet wide Natmandap. The roof of this structure is missing; the structure looks deserted and uncared. Probably the flat stage in front was used for dance performances.



The importance of the temple was first cited by Rakhaldas Bondopadhyay, of Mohenjodaro fame in 1923. But most unfortunately, only in 1996 the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) took over the temple and declared it a Monument of National Importance. The temple was looted and defaced badly in the intervening years. The insensitive people around used the stone slabs there for constructing roads and buildings. The scattered stone slabs there are a sad sight to see.


Read More on this temple by Rangan Dutta here. Gokulchand Temple, Gokulnagar

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20 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Such incredible, historic buildings and it's so sad to see them so neglected and left to ruins! Wonderful captures as always, Indrani! I hope you have a lovely weekend!! Enjoy!

TexWisGirl said...

sorry about the damage to the walls.

George said...

It's always sad to see important, historical structures like this defaced or vandalized. It's important that we not lose our history.

Thomas Lee said...

This temple is rock solid like a fort.

Laura said...

So sad to see such beautiful historic architecture defaced.

The Write Girl said...

What a majestic temple. Thanks for sharing the history of this architecture.

Athenas Take said...

Sad sight wish the Asi would make more efforts in saving such temples.

Sridharan Srinivasan said...

Majestic structure.. I have never travelled in west Bengal excepting Calcutta... Eager to see many more such monuments.

Krishna/കൃഷ്ണ said...

beautiful temple...

nice capture...

thanks

eileeninmd said...

Lovely temple, Indrani! It is a shame that they were defaced. Lovely images. Have a happy weekend!

Haddock said...

Wonderful place.
Its sad that such places are not maintained and taken care of.

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Uncared for & dilapidated but still retains the charm and beauty !

Sougata Khan said...

If only there were more people like you! Its a sad state of affairs in India.

Pallavi said...

What a gorgeous structure! Have a good weekend Indrani :)

Rachit Aggarwal said...

Pictures are really good but if we look from the skywatch point of view, something is lacking.

Sorry for criticizing but that is what I feel. Feel free to remove the comment

Regards
Rachit

Carver said...

Great shots of the temple.

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful structure. But, it is sad to see these unbelievably beautiful things in that bad state!

R Niranjan Das said...

Beautiful structures!

Jeevan said...

Glad ASI took it before people make it nothing! Beautiful capture and that a cute Tulsimancha near the elegant temple.

Bushra Muzaffar said...

This one is a beautiful temple. It is very sad to see how we neglect our heritage. Thankfully ASI intervened. Lovely frames Indrani!