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THE TERRACOTA TEMPLES OF MALUTI

  • Maluti is a tiny village in Jharkhand with more than 70 exquisite terracotta temples dating back to the 17th century
  • With intricate terracotta carvings of mythical scenes on their façades and walls, which have survived harsh weather and the ravages of time since the early 17th century, Maluti’s terracotta temples are now being restored.
  • The temples, mostly of Shiva, are dotted in five different clusters — Sikir Taraf, Rajar Bari, Madhya Bari, Chhoi Taraf and the Mauliksha temple complex
  • Situated in Dumka district, the village is close to the border with West Bengal, and Chala architecture, inspired by traditional Bengali huts with their sloping roofs with curved edges, is a distinct feature of Maluti’s temples.
  • Influence of the exquisite Keshta Raya terracotta temple at Bishnupur in Bengal’s Bankura district can be seen clearly in every temple.
  • The 17th century masonry technique using moulded bricks has been applied extensively.



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