I began studying Bengal’s terracotta temples in 2005. Visiting villages in the Bengali countryside to study these temples – their architecture, sculpture, and iconography – has been one of my life’s greatest pleasures.
More than 5000 brick temples were built in Bengal in the 16th-19th centuries, many of them decorated with beautiful terracotta panels. Only the most interesting of these are in the lists below which I have compiled over the years and made available online.
The lists are actively maintained. Please contact me about any errors or omissions.
Acknowledgement: In the 1960s and 1970s researchers like David McCutchion, Sambhunath Mitra, and Tarapada Santra painstakingly traversed the Bengali countryside to survey and write about Bengali temples. The lists above are compiled from their research, from the Jela Purakirti (District Archeology) series of books published in the 1980s, and on more recent fieldwork by me and many fellow researchers and travellers.