Puthia Temple complex, splendor and rich history full of myths and legends, located only 23 km to the east of Rajshahi city comprise of a collection of distinguished old Hindhu temples in Puthia Upazila under Rajshahi District in Bangladesh. Puthia is called a village of the temple and unlike another part of Bangladesh.
All the temples are well maintained and there are nearly fourteen ancient Hindu temples of different architectural styles founded by the lords of this palace in different times of their decree over the north-western part of Bangladesh since 17th century. The temples have been built using terracottas in a variety of styles merging the typical Jor-Bangla architecture with other influences and it is covered with white plaster the towers above, surrounded by a lake with an extensive lawn, and bazaars.
Bhubaneshwar Shiva temple
This was built in 1823 and the gigantic Shiva Temple you will see on the entrance to the Puthia Village, overlooking a pond and it is the biggest Shiva Temple in the subcontinent. It is a true specimen of the Pancha-Ratna (five-spire) Hindu style common in northern India.
But unfortunately, many of the stone carvings and sculptures were spoiled during the 1971 Liberation War. A giant black-stone phallic representation of Shiva is set inside. At present-day many Hindu devotees come here to offer puja early in the morning and in the evening.
Pancha Ratna Govinda Temple
Located inside the palace, built between 1823 and 1895 by one of the maharanis of the Puthia estate, the Govinda Temple is the most startling monument in Puthia village, It is square in shape with elaborate terracotta designs elaborating the surface and most of the terracotta panels illustrate scenes from the love affair between Radha and Krishna as told in the Hindu epics. A Krishna shrine and is visited by many of the local Hindu populations in the present day.
The Jagannath Temple, also known as the Roth Temple is devoted to the Hindu God name Jagannath, a form of Krishna. The size of this temple is only 5m x 5m and It is one of the fine examples of Bengali architecture terracotta’s reliefs.
Chota Anhik Mandir
Small in size and located near the Pancharatna Govinda Temple, Chota Anhik Mandir is one of the temples in the perimeter of Puthia Temple Complex.
Chauchala Chhota Govinda Mandir
It is believed that, this was built between 1790 to 1800. The southern frontage of Chauchala Chhota Govinda Mandir is extensively decorated with terracotta plaques which describe a chapter in the epic Ramayana legend, Radha-Krishna classic stories, floral designs and geometric art and scenes of the civic life of that period.
Bara Anhik Mandir
Bara Anhik Mandir, stands on the west side of the complex and faces east, architecturally exceptional, was built by the king of Puthia and the only other of the known existence of this type of structure being Rajaram Mandir in Faridpur District.
Check out our Tour to Puthia Village to visit such a nice Hindu temple and learn our rich historical past.