Tourist Attractions at Supur
Nearby attractions around Supur include unambiguously Shantiniketan, as the place is situated near Bolpur. Shantiniketan is located at a very close distance. The octagonal shrine especially features some extraordinary terracotta panels, on all the eight sides. Most of the panels depict some impressive carvings. For example, the most noteworthy carving is found above the main entrance, depicting Radha and Lord Krishna. The panels are designed intricately which never fails to attracts the exploring tourists and invite their awe inspired vigor. One of the panels features an interesting feature of a man riding a lion. There is also a huge panel of Goddess Durga with her family at the rear side of the temple. In one of the panels, there is a woman bathing a baby with a tender expression. The baby could be Krishna, though it's not very clear. This panel is repeated on every side of the temple.
The panels are exquisite and intricate which are sure enough to capture the exploring eyes and minds. Sadly, however, they have suffered the rolling ravages of time the devourer and sabotaged wreckage of earthy vandalism. The two magnificent temples positioned inside a walled complex caters a series of illustrative ecstasy by its exotic architectural style, featuring the 'Rekh deul' style of Architecture belonging to the art school of Orissa. One of the temples is octagonal in shape, while the other is decorated in circular fashion. Supur, an otherwise commonplace nondescript village in Birbhum, is on the banks of the Ajay River. It was in the 18th century when the river gained indescribable prominence when French traders set up base in this part of Bengal and raised colonies. However, the main attractions that Supur holds for today's traveller are its temples.
Found here are a number of temples, centres of learning and art and craft centres located in Birbhum district which are a must-see when on a trip to the places. One of the most revered and much visited places of tourist interest in Birbhum district is Santiniketan, the place where Rabindranath Tagore wrote most of his literary classics, now a university town. This and the other places of leisure tourism located in the district of Birbhum are discussed below.
One of the most interesting panels shows a fat man riding a lion, along with his consort. It could be a depiction of Shiva-Parvati. But what's most unusual about it is that the people surrounding them are all in European attire. Maybe that's the legacy of the French and British rulers, whose influence is still palpable in Supur.
This temple's twin, however, is not as striking, as few of the terracotta tiles now remain. Both temples, however, are maintained well by the Archaeological Society of India.
While Supur sings the saga of historical exploits and the monumental jigsaws the most ardent temple fan, some of the priceless terracotta panels have either been looted or vandalised - taking with them large chunks of history. If the poetry of red earth haunts one, Supur would surely not be a disappointment.