Dol Purnima, also known as the Holi festival, is a major Hindu festival dedicated to Sri Krishna. Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika bonfire where people gather, sing, and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colors, where participants play, chase and color each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. The Dol Temple of Puthia is dedicated to this fabulous festival.
The Dol Temple of Puthia is a unique structure, located opposite side of the palace. Built in 1778 A.D. by Jamindar Bhubanendra Roy of the Puthia royal family, the temple is a four-storied, 20 miters high square-shaped structure. Every upper story has become smaller than the lower one, giving it a pyramidal shape. It has a doomed single spire with a finial top.
The temple has an open balcony on four sides of every story. It is open on all four sides, with a total of 64 entrances combining all four stories. The view from the top floor can help visualize why the temple is located in the middle of the village. It was perhaps used to display deities of gods and goddesses during festivals. Dol Temple is a must visiting structure while visiting Puthia. Check out here to know more about the temple village Puthia in Bangladesh: Puthia Temple Complex: A village full of historic Hindu temples in Bangladesh.
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