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Documentation and Architectural Interpretation of the Panishail Temple Complex, Maulvibazar, Bangladesh

Corresponding Author : Kawshik Saha (

Authors : Kawshik Saha , Shamsul Arefin , Gourpada Dey

Keywords : Hindu Temples, Sacred landscape, Bhaishnavism, Conservation, Architectural Documentation

Abstract :

This article represents survey data of historical and architectural documentation of Sri Radha Binod Ashrama locally known as the Panishail temple. Temple architecture is a common feature of traditional religious architecture practice in Bangladesh. This article is a historical and architectural investigation of a less known and mixed type of Hindu temple style in the Bengal region. The Panishail temple complex has a collection of structures that include tomb, temples, and residences aged between fifty to two hundred years. Over the ages, these heritage buildings have displayed a unique architectural style of ancient Bengal and still serving as a living sacred landscape heritage. However, like most of the ancient monuments of Bangladesh, Panishail structures inside this complex stand against the threat of decay and anthropogenic destruction with no effort to conserve them. There is a need for immediate action of research, exploration and preservation to save this historic landmark. This research aims to investigate historic and physical features of the temple complex through a systematic survey and documentation effort. This research will lay a foundation for future conservation intervention on this site. Moreover, this work will significantly contribute to historic temple architecture study in Bangladesh.

Published on December 31st, 2020 in Volume 30, Issue 2, Applied Sciences and Technology