Bishnupur was once a flourishing town and served as the capital of the Malla rulers of Bengal from 17th to 18th centuries. The most prosperous period of recorded Malla history begins with Veer Hambir, a contemprorary of Akbar. It was in his reign that the first of the surviving temples was built at Bishnupur. At present there are as many as thirty brick and stone temples, each with a different design and scheme, scattered over a large area.
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