Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2021
pp. 8 – 28
Peu Banerjee is an architectural historian, educationist and visiting faculty, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi; Architecture Graduate from Jadavpur University (Gold Medalist), M.Phil. from University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK); Currently pursuing PhD in SPA, New Delhi. She has done research with Universities of De Montfort (UK), Newcastle Upon Tyne (UK), Cardiff (UK) and Department of Culture (Government of India); Worked extensively in sustainable conservation; Lectured at Sunningdale, London, Gifford and Partners, London, etc. and has ten national/international publications.
The Bishnupur ek-ratna temples have a special status in the history of temple architecture of Bengal. A good number of same type and scale of temples were built over about hundred and fifty years (17th-18th century CE), under the patronage of the same ruling dynasty, thus turning the town into an experiment yard. Out of the eleven significant ek-ratna temples built in Bishnupur during this time, ten were made of laterite. This paper focuses on these laterite ek-ratna temples.
Ek-ratna Temples, Bengal, Bishnupur, Materials, Construction Technology, Form-making