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 Puthia royal family, the temple is a four storied, 20 miters high square shaped structure. Every upper stories has become smaller than the lower one, giving it a pyramidal shape. It has a doomed single spire with finial top.
The temple has open balcony in four sides on every story. It is open on all four sides, with a total of 64 entrance combining the all for 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 – An amazing village in Bangladesh full of beautiful temples.
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