Thursday, December 4, 2008

Puthia

Puthia has the largest number of historically important Hindu structures in Bangladesh. The most amazing of the village�s monuments is the Govinda Temple, which was erected between 1823 and 1895 by one of the maharanis of the Puthia estate. It�s a large square structure crowned by a set of miniature ornamental towers. It�s covered by incredibly intricate designs in terracotta depicting scenes from Hindu epics, which give it the appearance of having been draped by a huge red oriental carpet The ornate Siva Temple is an imposing and excellent example of the five-spire Hindu style of temple architecture common in northern India. The ornate temple has three tapering tiers topped by four spires. It�s decorated with stone carvings and sculptural works, which unfortunately were disfigured during the War of Liberation. The village�s 16-century Jagannath Temple is one of the finest examples of a hut-shaped temple: measuring only 5m (16ft) on each side, it features a single tapering tower, which rises to a height of 10m (33ft). Its western facade is adorned with terracotta panels of geometric design.

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