Kantajir Mandir – The Kantaji Temple

screenshot_390Kantaji Temple is one of the most ornated 18th century brick built temple among the late antiquated temples of Bangladesh. The temple is also known as Kantanagar Temple. It is situated at Kantanagar which is about 12 miles north to the Dinajpur main town and about a mile away to the west from Dinajpur-Tetulia highway.

The temple is one of the most stunning piece of hindu monuments in Bangladesh because of its superb terracotta architecture. It was Maharaja Prannath of Dinajpur region who started the construction of Kantaji Temple in 1722 AD. After that his adopted son Maharaja Ramnath completed the construction work in 1752 AD in order to fulfil his father’s wish. After the devastating earthquake of 1897 AD, the successor of Nath rulers Maharaja Girijanath renovated the temple except its missing nine spires (navaratna).

The temple is a three storied square shaped building. The ground floor and first floor each has four shikhars or ratnas (according to hindu mythology) on the four corners while the second floor contains the ruins of the only shikhar in the middle of the terrace. That’s why the temple is called Navaratna Temple. It has three extensively decorated arches on each face. The entire outer surface of the magnificent temple is embellished with elegant terracotta plaques, geometric motifs, depicts of fauna and flora, mythological scenes from Ramayana, Mahabharata, Krishna-Lila and Dev-Devies as well.

As UNESCO has declared this as world heritage site and the government has announced this temple as protected monument in 1960 ,the department of archaeology has performed necessary preservation and renovation work to keep this marvelous piece of artistic beauty be protected for eras.

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