The Kantaji Temple represents the Art and History of Hindu Culture
The Kantaji Temple in Dinajpur Bangladesh is a wonderful example of 1700’s Hindu terracotta design. It is covered from top to bottom with designs and artwork from the 1700’s telling the well known Hindu stories, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, scenes involving Krishna, but also scenes depicting the life of the aristocracy and those of the common people as well. The intricacy and detail of the designs show a skill of workmanship and detail that is really impressive for the 1700’s. I can only stare up at the buildings three stories and wonder about all it has to tell.
We did have an interpreter with us on our visit that was supplied by BRAC for our internship. With our interpreter and a local guide we were able to learn a little about some of the designs on the building. We learned that different sides of the building tell famous Hindu poems and stories while higher parts of the building are generally reserved for scenes depicting the aristocracy (but not always). Scenes depicting the life of more common people can usually be scene lower on the building. The stories, history and depictions all flow together making the building a rich visual experience even when inspecting it very close up. This article described the building as being “more like a richly decorated carpet or embroidered tapestry than an architectural composition.”
I also found that this article was very knowledgeable about the temple and it’s history, and even how they made a temple like this in the 1700’s for anyone more interested.
A side by side comparison of the Kantaji Temple in 1871 & 2011
Here are the rest of the shots I got from the temple
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