Raas Mela or the Raas fair is a grand celebration dedicated to the deity Madan Mohan of Cooch Behar. In fact, its grandness makes it a festival and is basically observed during the month of November according to English calendar and in the month of Kartik as per Bengali calendar. It is one of the most popular festivals of Cooch Behar which attracts people from in and around the district and also from the neighboring state of Assam. It is conducted on the Parade Ground by the local municipal corporation and holds a special significance for the people of Cooch Behar.

History of Raas Mela


cooch-behar-raas-melaThe Madan Mohan temple was built by Maharaja Bripendra Narayan of Cooch Behar during the 18th century and he is also the pioneer of Raas Mela. Raas Mela was initially held at Vetaguri by the kings and subsequently on the temple premises beside Bairagi Dighi. Presently, the venue has been shifted to the Parade Ground to accommodate more people. The idol of Madan Mohan is a unique one made from 8 metallic compounds and the original one was stolen in 1994. However, the shrine was not kept vacant for long and there was another idol of the same stature.

Madan Mohan is another name for Lord Krishna and was worshipped as the family deity by the Koch Kings. In keeping with the tradition the same idol is worshipped by the followers now. The only difference between the idol at Nabadwip another famous religious place of Hindus and the one in Cooch Behar is that here Madan Mohan is worshipped without his consort Sri Radha. The main attraction of the fair is the Raas Chakra standing tall in the center of the fair. The Raas Chakra is made out of bamboo or posts and paper into a semi-cylindrical structure revolving around a pivot. It is found on the temple premises and signifies secularism in the state of West Bengal. The Raas Chakra is decorated by a Muslim family since ages and has floral patterns on paper and pictures of Lord Madan Mohan all over. It is 30 feet tall and is considered to be a source of bliss by the devotees.

How to reach Cooch Behar Raas Mela


The Mela continues for 18 days and is inaugurated by the District Magistrate of Cooch Behar. You can arrive at the Raas Mela by air, road or rail. Reach at Cooch Behar station and take a rickshaw to arrive at the Parade Ground. Alternatively, you can take the National Highway to reach Cooch Behar by your own vehicle. Flight travelers will arrive at the Cooch Behar airport or Bagdogra airport and from there hire rickshaws and taxis to reach the Parade Ground. The North Bengal State Transport Corporation also provides special buses from all parts of the district upto 11 pm to arrive at the fair ground.

Accomodation in Cooch Behar


Cooch Behar is dotted with hotels of all budgets and you can put up at anyone. There are some guest houses near the ground like Prabas, Chilarai Abasan and Pantha Niwas maintained by the municipality. If you wish to stay at hotels advance booking is recommended.

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Cooch Behar is a district in north east West Bengal with a royal heritage. It is bound by Jalpaiguri to its north, by Assam to its east and by Bangladesh to its south. It used to be ruled by the Koch dynasty and therefore this name. Cooch Behar became a district in West Bengal in 1950 and is the only planned district in north Bengal on the Himalayan foothills. Since the Cooch Behar Palace still holds significance in the development of the district, it has been declared as a heritage town. Cooch Behar also happens to be the maternal home of Maharani Gayatri Devi. The residents enjoy a lovely climate and the best time to visit is during November through February when the temperature is between 10 and 24 degree Centigrade.

How to reach Cooch Behar


Cooch Behar is very well connected with other parts of the country through rail, road and air. Cooch Behar railway station is well connected to the rails of all the metro cities and all the superfast and express trains halt at Cooch Behar railway station. The North Bengal State Transport Corporation runs buses to and from West Bengal, Assam and Bihar to reach Cooch Behar. Private buses also ply to Cooch Behar and the bus terminus is near the palace. Taxis can be found near Transport Chowpathi and rickshaws have become a major mode of transport within the town. People traveling in aircraft can either arrive at Cooch Behar Airport or Bagdogra Airport located in Siliguri. Bagdogra airport is 160 kilometers from Cooch Behar.

Accommodation in Cooch Behar


There are several hotels in Cooch Behar for visiting tourists. They range from budget accommodation to luxury and deluxe ones with room rents ranging from as low as 225 INR to as high as 3000 INR per night. You will get standard rooms as well as suites according to your taste. Facilities vary depending on the type of hotel you choose to stay. Most of the hotels are located either near bus stands or near railway station making them easily accessible by tourists. In Cooch Behar mostly local delicacies are served in the restaurants. However, the luxury hotels with their restaurant facility serve multi-cuisine preparations.

Attractions in Cooch Behar


100_1007Cooch Behar is a city of royal heritage and it still proudly presents the Cooch Behar Palace in its full glory to the tourists. The Rajbari as it is locally known is an imposing building built in Italian Renaissance style. Constructed by the great Maharaja Nripendra Narayan in 1887, this magnificent structure is 1.5 meters in height covering an area of 4768 square meters. When you step inside the palace you will notice the royal insignia everywhere and the floor is marble. The palace has more than 5 rooms and halls including the Durbar Hall, library, kitchen, bedrooms, billiard rooms, dressing room, dining, ladies gallery and many more.

Next in importance is the Madan Mohan Temple. Constructed during 1880s by Raja Nripendra Narayan, it is dedicated to Lord Madan Mohan along with shrines of Bhvani, Tara and Kali. The Raash Mela during Raash Purnima is an important festival when the temple is illuminated and becomes crowded with hundreds of worshippers. Other tourist attractions include Sagar Dighi, Moti Mahal, Laal Bagh, Ananda Ashram, MNJ Club, Rani Bagan, Patton Tank, and Hiranyagarbha Shiva Temple.

 

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Tarakeswar is a holy place for Hindu pilgrims. Tarakeswar is a small town in Hooghly district in West Bengal. Principal attraction of this town is the temple of Taraknath where in Lord Siva is worshiped. This temple is founded by Mukunda Ghosh in 1729. Not only devotees from West Bangal visit this place, it attracts people from all over India.

Attraction


  • Taraknath Temple: Tourists visit the temple throughout the year. Sivratri, Gajan and Sravani mela are most famous festivals of the temple.
  • Doodh Pukur: Doodh pukur is a sacred pond at temple area. The state government have taken appropriate antipollution measures to make the water of the pond useable by the pilgrims for the people of taking bath and puja.
  • Rajbari: Tourists may visit the rajbari beside the Doodh pukur. Jamindar of this place used to stay in this palace.
  • Shravani Mela: shravani mela is a popular fair which held during the bengali month of shravn (mid-July to mid-August).This time is auspicious to Hindus. Devotees come through out India to join this festival.
  • Buddha Temple

How To Reach


Tarakeswar is just 58 km. away from Kolkata and is within easy reach. It is possible to visit the temple and return to Kolkata within a few hour.

Train

  • There are 24 pair local train from Howrah throughout the day. 58 Km Distance from Howrah to Tarakeswar.
  • Trains are available from Saorafuly junction.
  • Take train from Kamarkundu station (Howrah-Burdwan chord line).
  • Easily accessible from Arambag station. Then take buses  for Tarakeswar via Joyrambati – Kamarpukhur.
  • Also it is accessible from Bishnupur station  also.

Road

Bus stand is situated on the north side of the rail station. CSTC buses are available from Sahid Miner at Kolkata maidan. Tarakeswar is connected by different bus routs: Tarakeswar – Chinsura, Tarakeswar – arambag, Tarakeswar -Burdwan etc.

Passenger cars (treker) are also available to travel from different parts of the district.

There are numerous option for car rental as well.

Accommodation


Tarakeswar offers all kinds of accommodation, suitable for every budget. Many private hotels and guest houses are available.

Tarakeswar Municipality Guest house
Deluxe Room: Rs. 150-600, A/c Deluxe  Room: Rs. 900, Dormitory Bed: Rs. 30 (one mandatory meal with extra charge)
Telephone: (03212) 276330

Tarakeswar Tourist Lodge (WBTDC), Guest house road, Ward-7
Telephone: (03212) 279332
A/c Deluxe Room: Rs. 600/900/1100/1600/2200, Dormitory Bed: Rs. 120
Kolkata Booking, Telephone: 22488271/9051057272

Kanoria Atithi Bhawan, Station road (near rail station)
Room: Rs. 150-225
Telephone: (03212) 276297

Tarakeswar Super Lodge, Near bus stand (opposite of rail station)
Deluxe room: Rs. 350-1000
Telephone: (03212) 276371

Other than these, there are numerous options at Budget Hotels, Hanuman Parisad Dharamshala, Panda’s house etc.

When To Visit


Tarakeswar is popular all through the year. However, it is better to avoid the month of July and August when the place experiences heavy crowd for ‘Shravani mela’.

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Kamarpukur is a village of Hooghly district in West Bengal. Great religious prophet Sri Sri Ramkrisna dev was born in Kamarpukur on 17th February, 1836. Therefore Kamarpukur becomes one of the holy place. Famous artist Nandalal Basu planned for a marvellous temple of Sri Ramkrisna on his birthplace, Dhenkisal in 1951.

 Attraction


  • Garbagriha, Exact spot where Sri Sri Ramkrisna dev was born

    Garbagriha, Exact spot where Sri Sri Ramkrisna dev was born

    Temple of Sri Ramkrisna: Ramkrisna mission has enshrined this temple. The image of Sri Ramkrisna was made of white marble. The temple is opened from 6.00 – 11.00 a.m. and 15.30 – 20.30 p.m. in summer and from 16.00 – 21.00 p.m. in winter season. The ceremonial waving of light ( mangal arati ) can be seen with special arrangement at 4.00 a.m./4.30 a.m. ( winter season ). (Photography inside not allowed)

  • Raghubir temple : Raghubir temple is located at the left side of main temple.
  • Brth place of Sri Ramkrisna Dev
  • Mango tree planted by Ramkrisna Dev.
  • Haldar Pukur , at opposite of the misson.
  • Sita Nath Pain’s House
  • Dhani Kamarini’s House
  • Jogi Siva Temple
  • Chinu Sakhari’s House
  • Bhutir smasan
  • Gadadhar Children Park
  • Laha Babu’s House, Pathshala and Bishnu Mandir
  • Gopeswar Siva Temple
  • Bisalakshi Temple

All these spots can be visited within a hour. There are some another visiting spots,  these are:

  • Garh Mandaran and Vitar garh, 6 km away
  • Gaji and Pir Saheb’s Darga, 2 km away
  • Ismail Gaji’s Cimetry
  • Devi Malini Pasan and Kajla Dighi, 1 km away
  • Deer park
  • Lake
  • Dewan Pir’s Place
  • Durges nandini tourist spot (picnic spot), Opening time: 8am-7pm, Entry fees: Rs. 10,
    Telephone: 03211-244356 and Hooghly Zila Parisad, Telephone: 26802139
  • Saileswar siva Temple
  • Chandu’s sal forest by the side of Darakeswar river, 4km away. There is a forest bungalow for night stay.
  • Dharma Raj thakur’s rather mela, Starts at Vijaya Dashami for 7 days.
  • Mukundapur Siva Temple, on the way (2km) to Arambag

You can collect White Bonde Sweets,  Jalebi and Mouchak Sweets at arambag bus stand.

How to Reach


Kamarpukur is situated at a distance of 104 km. from Kolkata, 45 km from Tarakeswar and 16 km from Arambag.

Train

  • From Howrah to Arambagh daily trains available. Then take a bus for Kamarpukur.
  • From Burdwan Railway Station to Arambagh Railway Station and from there to Kamarpukhur.
  • From Durgapur Railway Station to Bankura Railway Station from there to Kamarpukur by bus.

Bus

CSTC, SBSTC, Private Buses are also available from Sahidminer (Kolkata) to Kamarpukur – Jairambati – Bisnupore -Bankura – Mukutmanipur – Susunia – Santaldih – Durgapur. The approximate time taken is 3 hours from Kolkata usually. Busses are available from 6.15 am up to 3.30 pm in an interval of 30 minutes. Only CSTC buses are available for Kamarpukur from esplaned at 6 o’clock, fair Rs. 41. Local buses are also available from Arambag, Tarakeswar, Burdwan.

Car

Can be travelled through the Bombay Road to Ghatal via Panskura.

Accommodation


Ram Krishna Mission has own guesthouse. Prasad (lunch) will be available at 11.30 am through advance coupon. Coupons are available within 9.30 am.

Write a reply letter to:
The President, 
Ramakrishna Math,Kamarpukur,
Village: Kamarpukur, District: Hoogly ( W.B), Pin: 712 612
Telephone: (+91) 03211-244221
Fax: (+91) 03244-244763
E-Mail: rkmkpukur@gmail.com, rkmkpukur@yahoo.com

Jilla parisad bungllow is also available 1 km. away from the mission.
Write to: District Engineer, Hooghly District Board, Chinshurah
Telephone: 26802139

Private hotel:

Relux Lodge, Bus Stand
Deluxe room: Rs. 400-1000
Telephone: 244699/9434345328
Kolkata Booking: 9748114667/25136161

Gadadhar Lodge, Bus Stand
Deluxe room: Rs. 200-250
Telephone: 244041

Kamarpukur Tourist Lodge, Bus Stand
Deluxe room: Rs. 200-300
Telephone: 244699/9434345328

Sri Ramakrishna-Saradha Lodge, on the way to ashram

When to Go


Kamarpukur is popular all through the year. But winter season is preferable to visit.

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Jayrambati

Jayrambati is a village of Bankura district in West Bengal. Maa Sarada Devi was born in Jayrambati in 1853. Sri Sri Ramkrishna Dev married Maa Sarada Devi when she was only six years old. Not only wife she was spiritual companion of Sri SriRamkrishna Dev. Find Out More →

Tarakeswar

Tarakeswar is located 51km. away from Jayrambati. Tarakeswar is a holy place for Hindu pilgrims. Tarakeswar is a small town in Hooghly district in West Bengal. Principal attraction of this town is the temple of Taraknath wherein Lord Siva is woreshiped. This temple is founded by Mukunda Ghos in 1729. Not only devotees from West Bangal visit this place, it attracts people from all over India. There are plenty of buses available from Jayrambati to Kamarpukur. Find Out More →

 

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Jayrambati is a village of Bankura district in West Bengal. Maa Sarada Devi was born in Jayrambati in 1853. Sri Sri Ramkrishna Dev married Maa Sarada Devi when she was only six years old. Not only wife she was spiritual companion of Sri SriRamkrishna Dev. Therefore Jayrambati has become one of the holy place for the followers of Sri Sri Ramkrishna Dev and Maa Sarada Devi.

Attraction


  • Matri mandir: Matri mandir is the temple of Maa Sarada Devi. Here the image of Sarada Devi was made of white marble. This temple was founded in 1923 on her birth place. The inauguration day (Akshay Tritia) of the temple is celebrated in every year. The temple is opened from 4.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 16.00 p.m. to 20 p.m. (October – march) and from 4.00a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 16.00 p.m. to 20.30 p.m. (April – September).
  • Nara Narayan Mandir: This temple was founded by Ramkrishna Vivekananda Mission in 1985 . The temple is opened from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 16.00 p.m. to 20.00 p.m.
  • Sarada Devi’s old house: Sarada Devi lived in this house from 1863 to 1915.
  • Sarada Devi’s new house: Sarada Devi lived in this new house from 1916 to 1920.
  • Punnipukur (pond) used by Sarada Devi.
  • Sundar Narayan and Sri Sri Sitala Mandir : Sarada Devi’s family god Sundar Narayan and Sri Sri Sitala Mandir were situated at the bank of Punnipukur.
  • Singha Bahini Temple located in the village.
  • Tourist may visit Sihar village which is 3 k.m. away from Jayrambati. Sri Hriday Mukherjee, nephew of Ram Krishna Lived in Sihar village manuscript of Sri Chandi written by Ram Krishna is maintained here till now. There is a temple of lord Santinath Siva.
  • Rest room of Sarada Devi at Koal para.
  • Various temples in Kotolpur.

How to Reach


Jayrambati is located 98km. away from Kolkata and 6km. away from Kamarpukur. Approximate time taken is three and half hours from Kolkata usually.

Bus

  • So many buses are available from Kamarpukur to Jayrambati.
  • CSTC buses run from Sahid Miner (Kolkata) to Jayrambati everyday. Private buses are also available from Dunlop bridge.
  • From Tarakeshwar to Arambagh, from Arambagh to Joyrambati Via Kamarpukhur.
  • From Bishnupur to Joyrambati.

Train

  • From Howrah to Arambagh daily trains available. Then take a bus for Jayrambati.
  • From Burdwan Railway Station to Arambagh Railway Station and from there to Joyrambati via Kamarpukhur.
  • From Durgapur Railway Station to Bankura Railway Station from there to Joyrambati.

Car

Can be travelled through the Bombay Road to Ghatal via Panskura.

When to Go


Jayrambati is popular all through the year. But winter season is preferable to visit.

 Accommodation


Ram Krishna Mission has own guesthouse. Prasad (lunch) will be available at noon through advance coupon. Coupons are available within 9 am.

Write a reply letter to:
Sri Sri Matri Mandir & Ramakrishna Mission Sarada Sevashrama
P.O. Joyrambati, District: Bankura
West Bengal, Pin – 722 161, India
Telephone: +91 3244 244 214, +91 3244 244 910, +91 3244 244 911
E-mail: mm244214@bsnl.inmm244214@gmail.com, ssmmandir@vsnl.net

Ramkrishna-Vivekananda Mission
7 River Side Road, Barrackpur, 24 N Parganas
Telephone: 25945025

Private hotel:
Ma Sarada Yatri Niwas, New Matri Mandir
Telephone: 03244 244619, 9800427575
Deluxe room: 200–250

Sarada Tourist Lodge
Deluxe room: 250-300, Dormitory bed: 50

Nichalal Lodge, Bus stand
Telephone: 03244 244268
Deluxe room: 200–350

Jayrambati Atithi Niwas
Jayrambati

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Kamarpukur

Kamarpukur is located 6km. away from Jayrambati. Sri Sri Ramakrishna Dev (1836 – 1886), the great religious prophet, was born in Kamarpukur of Hooghly district in West Bengal. Therefore Kamarpukur becomes one of the holy places. Famous artist Nandalal Basu planned for a marvellous temple of Sri Ramkrisna on his birthplace, Dhenkisal in 1951. There are plenty of buses available from Jayrambati to Kamarpukur. Find Out More →

Tarakeswar

Tarakeswar is located 51km. away from Jayrambati. Tarakeswar is a holy place for Hindu pilgrims. Tarakeswar is a small town in Hooghly district in West Bengal. Principal attraction of this town is the temple of Taraknath wherein Lord Siva is woreshiped. This temple is founded by Mukunda Ghos in 1729. Not only devotees from West Bangal visit this place, it attracts people from all over India. There are plenty of buses available from Jayrambati to Kamarpukur. Find Out More →

 

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Chhander Gram is situated in Beliatore at 21 kilometers from the north-east direction of the bus route to Bankura-Durgapur and Bardhaman. Chhander Gram primarily derives its significance by being the birthplace of famous Indian painter Jamini Roy (1887-1972), who has also been awarded with the prestigious Padma Bhushan in the year 1955. Ramkinkar Beij, one of the pioneers of modern Indian sculpture was born in Jogipara (or Yogipara) of Bankura. The legendary Bengali novelist, Shamaresh Basu had documented the life of Ramkinkar Beij in his novel “Dekhi Nai Phire” (meaning Haven’t Looked Back).

The court poets and artists of the Malla kings used to live here. It is believed that the village “Chhanda” derives its name from these “Chhandakars” (meaning poets or artists in Bengali). However, there are conflicting views regarding the origin of the name as well. Some opine that the name is taken from “Chandrahaar”.

Utpal Chakravarty— a professor in the 1970s, with the help of the local organization, had initiated the creation of a place which is filled with the fond memories of the artists mentioned above. In order to inspire folk art and make the tourists aware of the iconic creations of Roy and Beij, they have helped in the creation of permanent folk arts fair. Set amidst the backdrop of clear blue skies atop the red clay, this fair is your quintessential taste of the rural purity. While the walls are adorned with careless brush strokes, there are intricate designs gracing the floor.

Visit the artistic zone set amidst the forestry area situated at a walking distance from the Chaander bus stand. Adorned with beautiful sculpture and decorative paintings (alpona in Bengali) is “Khiroprasad Vidyavinodh Manch”. The statues of Jamini Roy and Ramkinkar Beij adorn an area, situated a bit far from it. Just below these statues are the Ram Kinkar Bhavan and Jamini Roy Bhavan with collections of folk arts and expressionist arts.

Where to stay


You can visit the famous Beliatore – 3 kms away as well. You can take an auto or rickshaw to take a round of this place while on your way to Beliatore. You can stay at the “Bon Bungalow” of Beliatore. Beliatore is a census town in the Bankura district in West Bengal with a sparse population of 6,463, as per 2011 census (with 51% males and 49% females). Make sure that you aren’t giving this iconic place a miss while on your visit to Bankura.

In order to book the bungalow you can contact or get in touch with the DFO of the northern Division. Here are the details:

DFO- North Division
Bankura
PC- 722101

Back to Bankura

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The Ramkrishna Sebadal Asram is located in the vicinity of Amarkanan and is one of the various tourist destinations that you will see in the wonderful district of Bankura in West Bengal. The Asram was built in order to commemorate Amar Chattapadhyay, who happened to be a freedom fighter.

What to do at Bankura Ramkrisna Sebadal Asram


The Ramkrishna Sebadal Asram in Bankura is a prime spot when it comes to enjoying a picnic in an out of the world environment especially for people who are from the cities.

How to get to Bankura Ramkrishna Sebadal Asram


Tourists willing to get to the Ramkrishna Sebadal Asram can avail buses that ply from Durgapur to Bankura and pass through Maliara. The final stoppage for these buses is Amarkanan but it is still advisable to do a routine enquiry before boarding them. However, if one wishes to travel from Kolkata, there are plenty of options such as buses that are run by the local government-operated entities. These are available from the Esplanade, which is also referred to as Dharmatala. One can also avail the slew of trains that are available from Santragachi and Howrah Stations throughout the day. It normally takes longer to reach this place by train as compared to the bus.

Where to stay at Bankura Ramkrishna Sebadal Asram


For people willing to enjoy a night’s stay or two at the Ramkrishna Sebadal Asram in Bankura there are plenty of options. The temple authority has in fact constructed a guest house for that purpose. It is known as the Ramkrishna Sebadal Ashram Guest House and Mandir Guest House. In addition, there is a forest bungalow as well for the ones willing to take that route.

In order to book the bungalow you can contact or get in touch with the DFO of the northern Division. Here are the details:

DFO- North Division
Bankura
PC- 722101

In addition there are a number of private hotels where one can stay in Bankura:

Hotel Saptarshi, LALBAZAR, P.O & Dist: Bankura, West Bengal, Pin: 722 101
Phone No: +91-3242-253272/ 251052,
Mob No: +91-9434108611
Email: akduttahotels89@gmail.com

Hotel Saptaparna, CHANDMARIDANGA (AVINASH SARANI), P.O & Dist: Bankura, West Bengal, Pin: 722 101
Phone No: +91(3242) 254375 / 255952
Mob No: +91-9434062574
Email: akduttahotels89@gmail.com

Gouranga Lodge
Hotel Gangotri
Mousumi Lodge
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Belur Math was founded by Swami Vivekananda, the noted Hindu saint whose teachings are revered even today. The temple is known for its spiritual messages and activities and serves as the headquarters of the Ramkrishna Mission and has branches all over the world. The The math is located on a picturesque site over River Hooghly and is situated within Belur of Bali Municipality area.

How to Reach


Belur is siuated just 6.4 kilometers away from Kolkata and is within easy reach. It is possible to vist the math and return to Kolkata within a few hours.

Railways: Every local train plying on the Eastern Railway tracks halt at Belur. However, the express trains do not halt at the station.

Road: Standard taxis on meter are easily available from Kolkata. There are numerous options for car rentals as well. The fare depends on the type of the vehicle and the number of hours that it is booked for.

Bus: Belur is well connected by local buses, plying to and from Kolkata and Howrah.

Water Way: You can take a boat and enjoy the ride, it takes  about 20 minutes  from Dakshineswar temple to Belur Math and cost just 10 Rupees per person.

Attractions & Activities


The unique architecture of the temple has drawn comments from various corners of the globe. It serves as a unification of religions and the design includes symbols of Hinduism, Islam and Christianity that are woven together as stone etched motifs within the math’s architecture. The math is open from 6-11:30 A.M. and 4-7 P.M. usually. The timings are advanced by 30 minutes from October to March.

Ramkrishna Templ: This was built by Swami Vivekananda as a homage to his Guru Ramkrishna Paramahansa. It contains various idols including that of Lord Ganesha and Hanuman along with Navagraha figurines etched outside the temple.

Statue: A huge statue of Ramkrishna Paramahansa is present within the temple where the sacred relics of the social reformer and Godman is preserved.

Swami Vivekananda Temple: The temple stands on the site where the saint was cremated. A bel tree stands in the place of the original one, under which the swami taught his students.

Holy Mother Temple: This temple is dedicated to Ma Sarada, the consort of Ramkrishna Paramahansa.

Swami Brahmananda Temple: This temple is in the memory of Swami Brahmananda, the first President of Ramkrishna Mission & Math. He was also a direct disciple of Ramkrishna.

Museum: The Ramkrishna museum contains collections of personal artifacts used by Ramkrishna, Ma Sarada Devi and Swami Veivekananda. It also offers a realistic depiction of the Panchavati, a collection of 5 sacred trees at the Daknisheswar Kali Temple where Ramkrishna worshipped the Divine deity.

Kumari Puja is one of the most famous rituals conducted at the Belur Math. It takes place during Durga Puja, each year and attracts millions of devotees from all across the globe.

Accommodation


The math has an attached guest house for members of the Vedanta societies. The institute of Culture also offers accommodation to guests.

When to Visit


The math gets visitors throughout the year although it gets very crowded during the Durga Puja in October.

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Serampore is an old colonial town of West Bengal. Situated just 24 kilometers from Kolkata, it is a bustling crowded place on the right bank of the Hooghly River. While most of the town is under local administration, the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) also covers a part of it. It was the only town to be colonized by the Danish and was known as Frederiksnagore from 1755- 1845. Serampore was famous for its superior education institutions and William Carey founded the Serampore College. It was also the first College University in Bengal. The town is also known for publication of the first Bengali Newspaper, Samachar Darpan.

How to Reach


Serampore is well connected to Kolkata by railways and by road. It takes a little more than 30 minutes to travel to the town by car, while local buses and trains ply at regular intervals from Kolkata.  Mithila Express, Doon Express, and Amritsar Express are some of the long distance trains that travel via Serampore to Kolkata.

The residents of Serampore usually travel to Kolkata for work and education on a daily basis. Both the rail and bus fares are economical and do not exceed Rs 100. Cars for hire and taxis are also available at approximately Rs 200 from Kolkata.

Attractions & Activities


Serampore is currently a satellite town of Kolkata and most people indulge in the normal day-to-day activities while in the town. However, there are quite a few places to visit in the area as a tourist. Some of the most popular ones are:-

Serampore radhaballav jiu temple

Serampore radhaballav jiu temple

Radhaballav Jiu Temple is open to the public; Puja and anjali are performed daily both in the morning and evening. Jhulan Jatra, Janmastami, Nandotsob, Radhastami, Rasjatra and Doljatra are celebrated every year. Radhaballav Jiu Temple is also known as Thakurbari.

Jagannatha Temple had built by Dhrubananda Brahmachari, a devout man of Mahesh at 1397. But this temple is no longer in existence. Present temple in Mahesh was built in 1755 and cost around Rs. 20,000; donated by Nayanchand Mallik of Pathuriaghata at Kolkata.

Mahesh Rath Jatra at Serampore

Mahesh Rath Jatra

Rath Yatra: Mahesh Rath Yatra is Second oldest in India after Puri. Serampore is famous for this and the town receives an unprecedented number of tourists during the occasion.

 

 

 

Serampore Rajbari cross view

Serampore Rajbari

Serampore Rajbari: The Goswamis of Serampore are one of the five Brahmin families whom King of Gaur, Adisur had invited to settle in Bengal, with gifts of land and monies, to grow eternal knowledge. Raghuram; a member of the Goswami family was built a house during the time between 1815 and 1820. Now a days this giant mansion known as “Serampore Rajbari”.

 

 

Danish cemetery: Serampore also houses two Cemeteries dating back to the Danish days. The Baptist Mission Cemetery in Serampore contains the family graves of Carey, Ward and Marshman, while the Danish Cemetery houses several other Danish graves.

 

Serampore College Hooghly District

Serampore College

Serampore College: Since Serampore was a Danish Colony from 1755 to 1845, the Baptist missionaries were given all encouragement to develop their educational enterprise by the Danish Governors, Colonel Bie and his successor Colonel Krefting. Joshua Marshman visited Copenhagen and secured from the King of Denmark, Frederick the Sixth, a Royal Charter, empowering the College to confer degrees in all faculties. In other words, Serampore College was considered the third University, the other two being at Copenhagen and at Kiel. In 1845, when the Danish settlement was purchased by the British, the treaty of purchase included provisions for maintaining the rights and immunities granted to the College by the Royal Charter of 1827.

Serampore Jute Mill: India Jute Mill at Serampore, Hooghly became the company’s second composite mill after acquisition in June, 2007. It has an installed capacity 120 MT per day producing Sacking cloth & Bags and Hessian cloth & Bags.  Located next to the prestigious Serampore College of Textiles, the mill has a rich heritage and background in textile and Jute. This unit employs over 4000 individuals and is known in the industry for its immaculate work culture and ethics.

  • Soshan Kali Temple
  • Taramar Bari
  • Srirampur Mahaprovu Bati
  • Ganga ghat
  • Bot tala-This area features a huge 100-year-old Banyan Tree. It is also a busy bus stop at present.
  • Sheoraphuli Raj Debuttar Estate
  • Chatra Shitalatala – famous for its Shitala Mandir and bazaar
  • Chatra Doltala – Sri Chaitanya Mahapravu is rumored to have visited this place.
  • Satimata Mandir

Accommodation


Tourists usually prefer to stay in Kolkata and while visiting Serampore. However, there are quite a few hotels in the area along with guesthouses and paying guest accommodations.

When to Visit


There is no particular season for visiting Serampore. It is accessible throughout the year. However, first time tourists need to avoid the monsoon season particularly the months of June-September while visiting the town.

Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Deepanjan Ghosh, saptarshi, Sagnik Banerjee Photoscape, Chiradeep Mukhopadhyay, sarbajitchakraborty, serampore.eziassist.com, rangandatta.wordpress.com

Content Courtesy: seramporecollege.org, jute-india.com, rangandatta.wordpress.com

 

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