Bishnupur has enjoyed a glorious past which is now emulated in its traditional architecture and handicrafts such as pottery and weaving. The town prospered in the 17th and 18th centuries and was the capital of the Malla kingdom. Under the Malla kings Bishnupur developed a unique form of architecture involving the most brilliant and detailed terracotta work. Bishnupur is most famous for its beautiful terracotta temples. Facing a shortage of stones to build temples, the Malla kings built grand terracotta shrines to celebrate their love for Lord Krishna. The distinctive architecture has incorporated various styles from the neighbouring regions. Bricks and terracotta along with features like the curved “Bangla” roof have been blended with the Muslim domes and multi-lobed arches. Apart from its heritage, Bishnupur is also known for its traditional hand-loom saris. Pottery, artefacts and even jewellery made in terracotta in Bishnupur are also very popular.