Feb 3, 2014

Laterite Temple of Gokulnagar, West Bengal

Gokulchand temple in Gokulpur is another jewel in the list of stone temples of West Bengal. This is made of laterite stones and is the largest one in Bankura district. After seeing so many temples of West Bengal in my blog, I am sure you have easily recognized this as pancha ratna (five pinnacled) temple. The dimensions measure: 64ft. in height and the area of temple complex is 23,500 sq. ft. The Gakuleswar temple was constructed by the Malla King Raghunath Simha I in 1643. How precious now in terms of heritage!



There are triple arched entrance on three sides of the temple, a circumambulatory path around the temple and a photograph of the idol that was originally there inside. The original idol is now in some palace in Bishnupur and is brought to the temple only during main festivals like Holi, Janmashtami.


The walls have motifs of 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu; many of them have eroded off, yet they are picture worthy.

The purohit (priest) of the temple preparing bhog (daily offerings to God).

Okay, that is me working hard to take a good frame for you all.

You can read more here: Next weekend you can be at ... Gokulnagar
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26 comments:

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

That's a gorgeous temple. Still lots of beautiful details to see.

ashok said...

very rustic architecture...well captured

arabesque said...

i think i also have one of those odd shots like the last one. ^0^
i just love looking at those intricate details and how sacredly beautiful they are.

R Niranjan Das said...

Lovely architecture. Nice post.

TexWisGirl said...

a beautiful structure!

Sylvia K said...

Such a gorgeous temple and incredible carvings, Indrani!! Your captures are wonderful as always and the next best thing to being there myself!! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Hope you have a great new week!
Sylvia

Sougata Khan said...

This is a pretty good temple. But seems like it can do with a bit of restoration.

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots - such an ancient temple.

Bibi said...

Thanks for these lovely photos!

George said...

This is another beautiful temple, and your photos have captured all the wonderful details.

Photo Cache said...

your cultural heritage is so rich; these temples are gems of architecture.

Athenas Take said...

Loved the pics of the temple, who is the photographer who caught you and your hardwork so well?

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Wow! Another Jewel. Kudos to your research to dig uo such jewels

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful temple.

eileeninmd said...

Indrani, it is a beautiful temple. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Lovely temple,beautiful architecture & bas reliefs.

Jeevan said...

Absolutely a worth visiting place! Wonderful captures and details

Great job Indrani :)

Sridharan Srinivasan said...

Wonderful structure and nice captures...

Saheli Sen Gupta said...

Sigh. Places of worship always have the best architecture. Beautiful pictures, Indrani!

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Beautiful terracotta work..

..and thanks for the Telegraph link..:-)

Anita said...

You know what? We need to highlight all such hidden gems & get the tourists. Then only Incredible India can be "seen" :)

Rekha Dhyani said...

Perfect clicks! Looks like a really ancient temples. The stones work is just amazingly beautiful.

Namrota said...

Absolutely incredible!

Seeta said...

Does Bhog also consist of fish at the temples? I know for Durga Puja they offer it, but is it a daily thing?

Sangeeta said...

Beautiful structure...it's a pleasure visiting your blog for these hidden gems..

Ritesh Agarwal said...

Hey Indrani, though you're not a professional photographer but just pursue it as a hobby, the good thing is that you capture and bring to fore those places which are unpopular and unfamiliar....even if 1 person go to this temple, drawn by your pics and backstory narration, I think it will be a job well done