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be mentioned of the chala type of Bengali temples in Bankura district. They are
common to the chala type temples in other parts of Bengal. Before the use of bricks was
introduced, Bengal temples were ordinary mud built huts with thatched roof and if the
roofs were double they were known as dochala.
look exactly like a residential hut. Similarly, there ar charchala (four roofs) and
atchala (eight roofs). If they are joint they are known as dui-bangala or jor-bangala
temples. Charchala or dochala residential huts are common throughout Bengal villages and
the earliest religiosity of the Bengalis could not think of giving anything more to their
deities than ordinary residential huts.
Some of the temples of Bankura and particularly in Bishnupur show remarkable sculpture and
architecture.The jor-bangala temple at Bishnupur is the best specimen.5
It is because of the wonderful sculptural details and
superb figures made in the temples of Bishnupur that they are taken to be the best in
5 Ibid. p. 112