Vishnupur & Shantiniketan:: Places Of Interest

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Vishnupur:
Rasmancha: Oldest brick temple. Built in the late 16th century by King Beera Hambira. The temple has an unusual elongated pyramidical tower, surrounded by hut-shaped turrets.

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.

Jorebangla Temple of Keshta Rai: Built by King Raghunath Singha Dev II in the 17th century. The roof in the classic chala style of Bengal architecture sets off the ornate terracotta carvings.

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.

Other places of interest :-

Jairambati & Kamarpukur:
43 kms and 48 kms respectively, these two places are associated with Shri Ramakrishna and his consort Shri Maa Sarada. Ruins of the historic Garh Mandaran fort are a few kilometres from Kamarpukur.

Mukutmanipur:
82 kms. A dam has been constructed across the rivers Kangsabati and Kumari. This is a picturesque spot for a quiet holiday.

Bahulara The Siddheswar Shiva Temple of Bahulara is well known for its unique architectural style and exquisite ornamentation of the temple walls. The Shaileswar Temple of Dihar, 8 kms from Vishnupur, is also an old temple.

Panchmura:
It is a famous for the terracota Bankura Horse, a folk artifact and now the national symbol for Indian handicrafts.

Susunia Hills:
It is the famous rock inscription of Chandavarma can be seen on the walls of a cave and dates back to the 4th century AD. Susunia is connected to Bankura town by bus. It is a delightful holiday resort in winter and also, a centre for rock climbing & trekking.

 

Bankura:

Bankura is a district to the north of the Dhaleswari (Dhalkisor) river. 185 km from Kolkata. Situated at a major Grand Trunk Road and rail junction, the district is an agricultural distributing centre. Rice and oil seed milling, cotton weaving, metalware manufacture, and railway workshops are the major industries.

Places Of Interest :-

Though the place has very little historical significance, there are a number of temples and places, which are noteworthy.

The Raghunath Mandir, built in 1639 with terracotta sculpture, the Ekteshwar Mandir, the Methodist Missionary Church and the Christian College are some of them.

Shantiniketan:

A district with high percentage of tribal population, Bankura is famous for music, art (the famous terracotta Bankura horse) and culture.

China Bhavan: The Chinese Faculty.

Chhatimtala: Here Maharshi Devendranath, the father of Rabindranath Tagore, used to meditate. Prayers are held usually at Convocation time. Successful graduates of the Vishwa Bharati University are presented a branch of five leaves each from the Saptaparni trees, which abound in the area.

Kala Bhavan The College of Fine Arts & Crafts has an museum exhibiting sculptures, frescoes & murals and a library of art books.

Patha Bhavan: Now a secondary school, it is of particular interest as an example of the traditional `Brahmacharya Ashram'.

Prayer Hall Founded by the poet's father in 1863, the hall is made of glass. Prayers are held on Wednesday.

Bichitra Also called Rabindra Bhavan, a research centre and museum where the poet's personal belongings, paintings & various editions of his works are exhibited.

Sangeet Bhavan College of Dance and Music. The University is replete with works on Art, Music and the Humanities.

Uttarayan Complex The poet lived and worked in the Northern Complex consisting of several buildings as: Udayana, Konarka, Shyamali, Punascha and Udichi. The Bichitra ( or, Rabindra Bhavan ) designed by the poet's son Rathindranath Tagore.