During the period spanning from 8th century CE to 20th century CE some parts of the state of West Bengal were ruled by the Hindu Kings of Mallabhum empire. Mallabhum ,meaning the land of wrestlers,comprised of present day Bishupur in the district of Bankura. Bir Hambir,one of the malla rulers, adopted Vaishnavism and Mallabhum became known as Bishnupur (meaning the abode of Vishnu).The Vaishnava kings started a tradition of constructing beautiful Terracotta temples dedicated to Sri Krishna to create a sacred centre for Vaishnava devotion in this region.These temples were masterpieces in terracotta created by the adept artisans of Bishnupur. The terracotta work done in these temples are simply mesmerizing. The artistic excellence of the craftsmen of Bishnupur can still be observed in the beautiful Terracotta handicrafts that are found all over the area.In the last year I made a family trip to Bishnupur. The beautiful temples, the fascinating handicrafts and the unique Baluchuri Sarees have made me fall in love with this temple town.Words are not enough to describe the experiences and hence I would suggest everyone to visit Bishnupur. There are numerous beautiful temples everywhere in this area.However,I would list some of my favorite ones.