A 17th-century pilgrimage site in Bishnupur, Shyamrai Temple is one of those numerous monuments and temples that was built by Raghunath Singha - Malla King. Because of the astonishing architecture, the temple has listed in the list of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Located in the Rajdarbar area of Bishnupur town, Shyamrai is a five-peaked shrine that displays the exquisite terracotta art. The walls of the temple are entirely etched with the terracotta work that makes Shyamrai Temple a must visit attraction in Bishnupur. These terracotta works depict the tales of Epic Mahabharata and Ramayana which is so surreal in itself. The way these sculptures are carved they seem so alive. Moreover, since it comes under the Archaeological Survey of India, the temple is well maintained and beautifully preserved for tourism. On a whole, Shyamrai Temple is probably the most compelling amongst its kinds in Bishnupur; it is imposing, intricate and full of historical tales. This is the place which must be in your list of places to visit in Bishnupur if you get fascinated by history and culture.
Shyamrai Temple boasts a unique architectural design which includes a curved ceiling which is inspired by Islamic architecture. On the walls of the temple, the terracotta work is beautifully etched that takes the splendid grandeur of the Shyamrai temple to another level. These terracotta sculptures portray various scenes of the Epic Ramayana and Mahabharata along with Krishna Leela. Besides, the other terracotta sculptures at Shyamrai temple includes musicians, dancers and hunting sights.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Shyamrai Temple is from the months of October to March, which is the winter season. During these months, the weather of town remains all pleasant and remains in favour of tourism. However, the can still be visited at any time during the year.
- For Indian visitor: 25 INR
- For Foreigner: 300 INR