Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ancient temples in Udaipur, Tripura,India

A temple near Bhubaneshwari temple
The first half of day five was spent exploring ancient temples in Tripura's Udaipur town which is around 55 km from Agartala. We had no idea that Udaipur houses such  architecturally beautiful ancient temples.

We also came across an interesting Badar Shaheb dargah revered by all faiths.

Udaipur used to be the capital of Tripura from 14th century to late 19th century when the capital shifted to Agartala. Before the 14th century, the capital was Kailashahar near Unokoti.

The 2nd half of our 5th day in Tripura was in Agartala. I will take that in my next post, which will be the last post on my Tripura trip.

I am sharing some of the pictures, taken by my cousin Soma and me, of these beautiful old temples in Udaipur.

Tripura Sundari Temple: Locally known as Matabari, it is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Sati’s right foot fell here. Goddess Parvati is worshipped here as Tripura Sundari. This temple dates back to 1501 A.D, and was built by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya.

Tripurasundari temple -Udaipur,Tripura
Tripura style of achitecture butresses in the corners
Image of Tripurasundari
Gunabati-group-of temples

Gunabati group of temples: This is a group of three brick temples built by queen Gunavati, wife of Govindamanikya and dates back to 1668.
Gunabati-The temple of the left
Gunabati-The middle one
Gunabati-the temple on the right
Jagannathbari-the only stone temple in Udaipur
The Jagannath temple (Vishnu temple): Dating back to 1583, this is the only temple in Tripura built entirely of stone.This temple is in a dilapidated state now.

Jagannath Temple, Tripura-Totally destroyed on two sides
Man-made tank in front of this temple
Mahadev Bari: This is a functional temple of Shiva.The temple was built by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya.

Bhuvaneswari Temple: This temple was built in between 1667 to 1676 . Bhuvaneswari Temple used to have human sacrifice and Tagore's play Bisarjan is inspired by it (he writes against sacrifice whether human or animal)

Mahadeb bari, Udaipur, Tripura
Bhuvaneswari temple-Udaipur, Tripura

Bhuvaneswari temple, Udaipur,1660
Tagore's statue placed near this temple-his play,Bisarjan is based on this temple

Durgabari temple
Badar Shaheb Dargah, Udaipur, Tripura

You may want to check out our day four at  Chobimura & Pilak in Tripura.

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