I visited this place yesterday as I went to visit Berachampa and some nearby places on business. During lunch time I stopped for a while and had a look at this place. I have been visiting this place for quite sometime but never really got down from the car and took pictures.
Near Berachampa is the archeological site of Chandraketugarh, thought to be a part of the ancient kingdom Gangaridai that was first described by Ptolemy. The history of Chandraketugarh dates back to almost the 3rd century BC, during the pre-Mauryan era. Artefacts suggest that the site was continuously inhabited and flourished through the Sunga-Kushana period, onward through the Gupta period and finally into the Pala-Sena period. Archaeological studies suggest that Chandraketugarh was an important town and a port city. It had a high encircling wall complete with a rampart and moat. The residents were involved in various crafts and mercantile activities. Although the religious inclinations of the people are unclear, hints of the beginning of some future cults can be seen in the artifacts. Some of the potteries carry inscriptions in Kharoshthi and Brahmi scripts.
Period Dynasty Year
Period I Maurya 300-200 BC
Period III Sunga 200 BC - 50 AD
Period IV Kushan 50-300 AD
Period V Gupta 300-500 AD
Period VI Post-Gupta 500-750 AD
Period VII Pala-Chandra-Sena 750-1250 AD
Chandraketugarh features many examples of terracotta art, displaying an unusual degree of precision and craftsmanship. These plaques are comparable to those found at other better-known sites such as Kaushambi and Ahichhatra. The terracotta plaques from these sites often carry similar motifs executed in nearly identical fashion. This similarity suggests an established communication link and common cultural heritage among these sites.
A large number of silver punch-marked coins and a few gold coins have been unearthed from Chandraketugarh, including a gold coin of Chandragupta-Kumardevi. A large number of semi-precious stone beads were also found here, along with items made of ivory and bone. Even a few wooden objects have survived.
I visited this place several time in the past but the procrastination really took over. I took pictures with my mobile but lost it in the external HDD. Then, last night I decided to find it out from HDD, and lo after nearly 2 hours I found them and here I am with the tip. The place is located in a God Forsaken place ,where very few people go as the place has nothing but a very very large mango orchard and a British built Bungalow of Indigo planters , which is now being looked after by Public Works Department of Govt. of West Bengal!
The Battle of Plassey, was a decisive victory of the British East India Company over the Nawab of Bengal and his French allies on 23 June 1757. The battle established the Company rule in Bengal which expanded over much of India for the next hundred years. The battle took place at Plassey on the banks of the Bhagirathi River (another name of Hooghly River upstream of Calcutta), about 180 km north of Calcutta and south of Murshidabad, then capital of Bengal. The belligerents were Nawab Siraj-ud-daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal, and the British East India Company.
The battle was preceded by the attack on British-controlled Calcutta by Nawab Siraj-ud-daulah and the Black Hole incident. The British sent reinforcements under Colonel Robert Clive and Admiral Charles Watson from Madras to Bengal and recaptured Calcutta. Clive then seized the initiative to capture the French fort of Chandernagar. Tensions and suspicions between Siraj-ud-daulah and the British culminated in the Battle of Plassey. The battle was waged during the Seven Years' War (1756–63), and, in a mirror of their European rivalry, the French East India Company sent a small contingent to fight against the British. Siraj-ud-Daulah had a numerically superior force and made his stand at Plassey. The British, worried about being outnumbered, formed a conspiracy with Siraj-ud-Daulah's demoted army chief Mir Jafar, along with others such as Yar Lutuf Khan, Jagat Seths (Mahtab Chand and Swarup Chand), Omichund and Rai Durlabh. Mir Jafar, Rai Durlabh and Yar Lutuf Khan thus assembled their troops near the battlefield but made no move to actually join the battle. Siraj-ud-Daulah's army was defeated by roughly 3,000 soldiers of Col. Robert Clive, owing to the flight of Siraj-ud-daulah from the battlefield and the inactivity of the conspirators.
I have added short video about this, but apologise for the bad light.My flash went on the blink. The music is good, though!
We watched these dancers and musicians at night, around a campfire. What interested me greatly was that is was so very different from any form of folk dancing that I had seen anywhere in India. It has almost an African feel and look. The way that the dancers were dressed was very different too. The dancing had an animistic theme.
Ichamati River , is a trans-boundary river which flows through India and Bangladesh and also forms the boundary between the two countries. The river is facing the problem of siltation leading to thin flow of water in the dry season and floods in the rainy season. Experts are handling the situation and remedial matters are being discussed between the governments of India and Bangladesh.
Ichamati River is now in three parts – The longer part flows from the Mathabhanga River, a distributary of the Padma, and after flowing for 208 km joins the Kalindi River near Hasnabad in North 24 Parganas and Debhata in Satkhira District.
I now wish to visit Taki, where there is a beautiful guest house made by West Bengal Govt.
Grab a camera and binoculars- this is a good area for bird-watchers. We spotted quite a few, not just on the boat-cruises, but around the camp-site. For some reason, the birds here seemed tamer than anywhere else in India. Maybe they feel no threat, because there are few tourists anyway.
Eary morning and late afternoon is the best time for bird-watching.
PHOTO 1- the common Kingfisher- stunning colours reflected by the sunlight
PHOTO 2- Egret with its mighty wing-span
PHOTO 3-Pied Kingfisher
Spending a few hours cruising the waterways is a relaxing and interesting way to spend the day. The boat we were on was very comfortable, with lunch & snacks being served. The toilets were clean and modern. Our boat carried about 20 people. The seating is good, and as it is an open-sided boat, the magnificent vews can be seen in all directions. We stopped occasionally for photo enthusiasts.
Getting on and off the boat was pretty dodgy- the "gangway" consisted of a narrow wooden strip that was placed from the boat onto the jetty, and only handrail was bamboo pole,being held by two crew members. For us it was no real problem, but the older passengers were understandably nervous. There were no mishaps.
These watch-towers, which are dotted around the various camps, offer great views of the Mangroves and surrounds. Each one has its own designated area, jetty and attractions.
Our boat stopped at one- there were quite a few steps up to the watch-tower, but the view is well worth it. There are refreshment stalls and toilet facilities available.
Monkey populations are thriving at these stops. They get pretty frisky, and sit at the jetty, waiting for the boats to dock.
I was not supposed to open this page but I had to as I was looking for some address. Relaxing near Kolkata? It is possible, otherwise how do we relax or stay in this polluted city? Please visit my Diamond Harbour ( Bakkhali), Digha, Bolpur, Mayapur ( if you are religious) or Puri pages, you will get all the answers of your choice, budget and everything. I could add one place, that is Berhampore( Murshidabad) about 200kms from Kolkata takes about 4hrs to reach. I dont' have any digital photo so I am yet to build that page. It also is a better option. If you have time then Darjeeling would also feature in this category. Calcutta pollution is also under control during August because of rains.
I am putting some photos for reference but I shall put more!
The Greenery of Bengal best enjoyed in monsoon. Have a look at these Rice Fields, they will make you forget everything for a while. I took these photographs this afternoon near JhinkirHat, near Usthi, South 24parganas. The location is about 45Kms from Kolkata city.
This beautiful Temple was built around 14th Century, in Mandir Bazar in the district of South 24Parganas. This temple belongs to Lord Shiva and is situated near Laxmikantapur, about 85kms from Kolkata. t was erected most probably the earlier Ruler of Sunderbans, one of the family members of Sabarna Roy Chowdhury's of Kolkata, who were Zamindars of Kolkata. This temple was re-built with Brick Morter again may be in 18th Century.
This is worth visiting in terms of Archeology also.
Animal sacrifice is always bad and not appreciated in many parts of the world. But yet many people believe that God gets satisfied to see the blood. This is bad but still practised. This temple is called Kalyaneshwari Kali temple. The temple has history about 1200 years! People throng in from many parts of Rural Bengal as well as urban bengal here to worship the Goddess and ask her blessings. sometimes they tie a stone pellet on the tree, with a wish and when it is fulfilled they come offer worship to the Goddess and then untie the stone! The temple is located in Maithon Dam area near Asansol.
Some offer Animal sacrifice, if the qyuantam of the blessing is more than what they had asked for!!!!
Dont' you think Rural Bengal is Amazing!!!!!!!!!!
Tagore choose this are of Birbhum to build his Shantiniketan. This land in called " Lal Matir Desh" or the soil of red colour. the land contains Haematite and the area also has forests( though declining), lakes, streams, tribals. it was primarily tribal villages about a century ago, then it was developed gradually to become world famous Shantiniketan( Have a look at my Shantiniketan page) .
Though the village fair in Shantiniketan is basically Rural in Nature. It is also used as the platfrom to sell and diplay various rural art. One major industry in Rural Bengal ( Shantiniketan, Birbhum, Burdwan, Nadia districts) is saree making with handloom. Then the women do embroidery with needle. The process is called Kantha stitch, done on either silk or cotton. Have a close look at the Bengal art!!
This rural fair brings in various flavour of rural life of Bengal. The more you see the more you are amazed. Have a close look.
Listening to the Baul Singer is an experience in itself. They have left home, a kind of Hermit, sings for God and the people. They also sing about the current lif of the people. You may listen to Baul from the net or buy CD from any shop. There are two very famous Baul in the world and popular in the West too, Purna Chandra Das. But I feel he is highly rich, man worth millions, had a commercial career. But sings well, The Beatles were very impressed with him, but he is not the true Baul bad has several album to his credit.
I am against this sports, called Cock fighting! but when you are building tips on rural Bengal you just cant ignore this. This is part of life in Rural Bengal, who have very limited means of entertainment. There is no T.V. or electricity in many villages, so they continue with many age old sports.
These shots were taken in october 2004 at Bankura, Jhilimili forests. The Santhal Tribe there is very fond of this sport. They also bet heavily on this game many time only to loose. This normally held during Village Hat or weekly market.
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