Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mahishadal Singhaduar Rajbari - the Old Palace

Mahishadal Singhaduar Rajbari - the Old Palace
Time could affect the building but not its watchful sentinel! Now you know why it's named 'Singhaduar'
If you're into historical monuments and love exploring rural Bengal, Mahishadal Rajbari (palace) can be your next travel destination. The town Mahishadal is well connected by road with Kolkata (through NH6-NH41-SH4) and though options are limited it has got a railway station too in case you're a train buff. Do not get disheartened by these photos of the dilapidated palace. In this post I'm showing you the old Mahishadal Rajbari which tourists do not usually mind skipping. Somehow, ruined architectures attract me and thus this palace called 'Singhaduar' stole the space of ClickingPhotos even before the gorgeous Mahishadal Rajbari which houses a small museum presently.
Mahishadal Singhaduar Rajbari - the Old Palace
Reflection of the gateway to the Singhaduar Palace on a pond.
Little bit of history for you- Somewhere in the mid-sixteenth century a brahmin merchant from northern India, Janardan Upaddhay  came to this region of Medinipur through river route and bought the Zamindari from the local bankrupt landlord. His ancestors had ruled the region unhindered till India got her independence and they had constructed three grand palaces in total, of which two are now remaining. This one is the older and abandoned palace which was built in the era of Nawabs!
Mahishadal Singhaduar Rajbari - the Old Palace
Marbles look like they have been laid merely a couple of years back!
All the doors of this 'Singhaduar' palace are locked and you can only view it externally. If you are a lover of monuments, cattle grazing and pooping on its courtyard may make your heart heavy. Fern, mosses and other plants growing from its walls are determined to crumble it in a decade or two. So, I guess it'll be a good idea to visit the Mahishadal Singhaduar Rajbari till it stands erect to tell us its tales of golden days. Oh, please do not forget to visit back as I'll be posting photos of the new palace (Phulbagh Rajbari) where movies are shot till date in a consistent basis.
Mahishadal Singhaduar Rajbari - the Old Palace
Outside a Shiva Temple near the Palace. Miniature watchtower like structures stole my attention.

6 comments:

  1. Interesting pictures Anunoy. Never seen an arch like the one in the third pic. The last pic sure seems to be a watch tower. Good to see the pics, but oddly enough the flooring reminded me of an old Government office in Hyderabad! :P
    Even the ceiling is worth a glance.
    :)

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    1. Only an architect or a civil engineer (may be) can spot these distinguishing features... I'm too blunt to catch them :-P
      Thanks Manogna.. I'll bring on more :-)

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    2. Ya do post more pics. They are educative to people like me.
      :D

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    3. Sure... the next part is waiting for your footprints :-P

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  2. you have nicely draw the sketch with beautiful pictures

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