Bishnupur (or Vishnupur) was the capital
of the Mallabhum kingdom, once the most important Hindu dynasty in Bengal
(founded in the 8th century CE and lasting until the early 19th century).
Surrounded by old fortifications, the town has more than a dozen terracotta
temples. The 16th-century Jor Bangla and stepped Ras Mancha are excellent
examples of brick temples of the Bengali style and are covered by ornate
terracotta tiles that depict scenes from the Hindu epics. The dhrupad school of
music was founded (16-17th cent.) there under royal patronage.
The town is also known for its silk
and the stylized Bankura horse (Shunya recommends a fellow traveler's
blog post about this trip). [Adapted from Encyclopedia Britannica;