Kantanagar Temple is a fascinating Hindu monument from the 18th century. According to its inscriptions the start year of the construction was 1722 under the patronage of Maharaja Prannath of Dinajpur. However it was later completed in 1752 by his adopted son Maharaja Ramnath. In the 20th century the temple was renovated because due to a serious earthquake its structure was majorly damaged. Nevertheless the nine sikharas (tower-like structures) that were destroyed by the natural disaster were not rebuilt. They were positioned in the following manner: four on each corner of the first floor, four more for the second floor and one central one, crowning the temple. The temple is a perfect example of Mughal architecture and its made of bricks and terracotta plaques of floral, figural and geometric designs. Every wall door window is ornamented with mythological pictures from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata like nativity of Krishna, the abduction of Sita by Ravana, battle scenes of Kuruksetra and Lanka; also daily acts, flowers animals, hunting scenes, elephant processions, river cruises, etc. A person could only admire the imagination and the sense of humor of the artists, who created this picturesque site. One image reflects an evil demon, who devours monkeys, which are then going out of his ear. There are also images of a woman massaging the legs of her husband, or a girl combing another one's hair. In contrast to Orissan and South Indian temples this monument does not have any carvings or paintings of erotic nature.
It is a three story building in a pyramidal form raised on a high platform, however tourists are not allowed to enter in it, but are required to admire it from a secure distance. The temple is in Nava-ratna style as we have previously mentioned (nine-spired). The doors are arched, the staircases - narrow, at the ground floor there is a prayer hall, as far as the sanctuary it is on the top of the monument. Temple is also know as the Kantaji temple for the idol of Kantaji placed at the ground floor. Inside there is also a Krishna shrine.
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