By Rajesh K Singh
The author is Dy. Secretary, NDMA, New Delhi and an amateur photographer, email@example.com
Ambika Kalna is a small town in West Bengal, made famous by its terracotta temples which are devoted to the gods and goddesses of Indian mythology. The various sculptures etched in terracotta synthesise a wide range of indigenous architectural forms of the Bengal country side.
Located in Burdwan district, about 75 kms north of Kolkata, Kalna is one of the very few places where a wide variety of terracotta temples can be seen. As per several historical sources the town takes its name after Goddess Ambika Siddheswari - one who fulfils the cherished desires. The composite nomenclature is ‘Ambika-Kalna’. Kalna’s location on the bank of river Hooghly had led to its development as an important port. Its location enroute to the holy cities of Puri,...