Kantaji Mandir, Dinajpur


KANTAGAR TEMPLE (Kantaji Mandir) The most
elaborate among the late medieval temples of Bangladesh is the Kantanagar

Kantanagar Temple in Dinajpur district is an
unique example of the temple architecture in the subcontinent.

Maharaja Prannath and his adopted Son Ramnath ,
the renowned Zamindars of Dinajpur erected this temple during 1704-1752 A.D
This 50ft square three-storyed brick temple is built on a high platform.
This is a Nava-ratna temple. The roof of the
ground floor and first floor of the temple each contains four sikharas or
ratnas at their corners while the roof of second floor in its middle contains
the ruins of the central sikhara. The entire outer surface of the temple is
exquisitely emblished with terracotta plaques which depict flora and fauna,
geometric motifs, mythological scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata;
the contemporary social scenes and favoritite pastime. The idol of Kantaji is
kept in the garvagriha of the temple in its ground floor. The Department of
Archaeology has been performed the necessary conservation and restoration
works of Kantanagar Temple since it was declared a protected monument by the
Government in 1960.