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Ref : TOUR-12/ Vishnupur / W.B


Vishnupur was found by king Raghunath 1, of the Malla dynasty. It
flourished as the capital of the Mallas till the early 19th century. Since there
is no stone in the area, the traditional building material was brick. The
exquisite craftsmanship of the terracotta artisans is evident in the terracotta
temples of Vishnupur. The potters here derive their inspiration from the
glorious history of kings, soldiers and wars.

A music school, root of the Vishnupur Gharana, was established here in
1370A.D.

Vishnupur is also known for silk (tussar), particularly the Baluchari Sarees.
Woven on unusual ‘punch-card’ looms, these sarees have episodes from the
Mahabharata woven into the border and pallu.

Bellmetalware, conch-shell jewellery and pottery (the famous Bankura
Horse) are available here.

HOW TO GO

Vishnupur may be reached by both train and bus. There is a snake festival in
August and the Vishnupur fair in December.


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