Saturday, May 8, 2010



West Bengal is well known for its pottery. It is an indigenous handiwork in the state from an ancient time. Tulsimancha is mainly found in the district of Midnapore. It is made from clay or it is generally built of bricks. This kind of structure is usually like an earthen tub. It is used for religious purposes.

Pottery of West Bengal in India is generally a profession where the women of the village are actively involved. The art of pottery is still prevalent in the districts of Murshidabad, Bankura and Midnapore. Tulsimancha is one type of decorative pottery that is very much popular in Midnapore than any other districts of West Bengal.

The Tulsimancha is a built in the manner of a pedestal raised for about three to four feet from the ground. The diameter of this structure is generally about one and half to only two feet. The borders of it are curved on all sides. The shape of Tulsimancha can vary from a rectangular, octagonal or hexagonal structure. The motifs that are made on every sides of the Tulsimancha, are usually of Hindu gods and goddesses. Especially the images of Krishna and Radha are drawn on the Tulsimancha.

The Tulsimancha is erected on the ground and it gradually widens at the base. After filling this brick-built structure with earth, a Tulsi or Basil plant is planted. The Tulsi plant is considered to be very holy and pure to the diligent Hindus. Tulsi plant is worshiped by the women in the Hindu households for the well being of the family.
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