Friday, July 15, 2016

108 Shiva Temples of Bardhaman

108 Shiva Temples of Bardhaman
It had been a long, yet dormant desire to blog about my hometown- Bardhaman. Unfortunately, the innate human nature of taking one’s native place for granted did hold me back so long from exposing those beautiful places of tourist interest in Bardhaman. I kept weaving travel stories of places thousands of miles away from Bardhaman, but not of Bardhaman! Recently when I suffered a serious sense of ingratitude towards my naive hometown, I decided to showcase few travel jewels of her. I have made it a point not to press too hard on myself for this objective. My plan is to choose a site randomly for each weekend and document my afternoon visit with few clicks. Although today you may not find Bardhaman anywhere in the tourist map of West Bengal, this over-congested district headquarter has a rich history to enrich its fact-seeking travelers. Hope my tiny effort contributes to the promotion of tourism in Bardhaman.
108 Shiva Temples of Bardhaman
As 108 temples are arranged in a close loop, tourists/devotees make it a point to circumambulate them on bare feet.
Today I’ll be virtually accompanying you to a unique Shiva temple complex known as the 108 Shiva Temple (We Bongs call it- "108 Shiv Mandir") comprising 108 Shiva Lingams, built in 1788. Being blessed with divine orders in her dream, Maharani Bishnu Kumari, widow of Maharaj Tilak Chand constructed the temple complex of 108 Shiva Temples. Each temple in the 108 Shiva Temples complex is an example of Bengal style Terracotta temple of seventeenth century.
108 Shiva Temples of Bardhaman
A statue of Lord Shiva.
108 Shiva Temples have been designed in the form of a Rudrakshya necklace whose 108 beads are comparable to 108 small temples arranged as a close loop, connected with two ponds on either side. A thorough repair work was undertaken in 1965 and since then it is being maintained fairly by the temple trust committee.
108 Shiva Temples of Bardhaman
Nandi, the bull which serves as the mount of the Lord Shiva and also as the gatekeeper of Shiva and Parvati.
In 2000 a guest house was constructed to provide shelter to outstation devotees. Further, in 2013 Tourism Department of Government of West Bengal granted approx 44.22 lakh rupees for the construction of three picnic huts at the backyard and a proper parking zone in front of the temple. Presently regular sessions of worship/rituals are conducted every day, and there is lodging facilities for tourists at a nominal rate.
108 Shiva Temples of Bardhaman
A priest of 108 Shiva Temple, busy in preparation of evening rituals.
Located around five kilometers from the Bardhaman railway station, 108 Shiva Temple is easily accessible by toto (e-rickshaw) or by town service buses. Centered around the temple, a week-long fair is celebrated every year during the auspicious occasion of Maha-Shivaratri when tourists and pilgrims from faraway places gather at Nawabhat.
108 Shiva Temples of Bardhaman
Ring the Bell but not so hard!
If you ever visit Bardhaman please pay a visit to the 108 Shiva Temple. Walk on the cemented path bordered by row of temples on one side and garden on the other. Get blessings of the mighty Lord (of course, only if you aren't an atheist) and return to your place with good memories of Bardhaman. Once I clear the queue of my old travel stories I'll blog about about few more sites of Bardhaman which definitely deserve a visit.

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures .. you must also visit Kotilingeswar temple near Bangalore...

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    1. Thanks Swati & Sam!
      I had been to B'lore just once and didn't hear of Kotilingeswar temple then. Next time I WILL :-)

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  2. Wow! You have written about your(our) hometown?'Better Late Than Never.'Really I feel proud of you. Keep it up my dear..

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    1. Actually I feel proud of kicking a$$ of my perpetual procrastinations :-P
      Thanks!

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  3. Hey I have seen this place . Let me dig out my old collection to see if I can find something.
    A couple of facts about the overcrowded streets. We used to spend hours together walking around and enjoying the sights and sounds.
    Post some pics of the market and the famous Karzan gate!

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    1. Hey Amsang, clearly it seems like you have spent some quality time in Bardhaman... feels good to know Broda :-))
      I do not know when did you visit/stay here but if you pay another visit presently, the over-congestion by traffic (especially e-rickshaws) will most probably choke you out. I'm not discouraging you to visit Bardhaman but want you to be my guest with a well-formed mindset of visiting a less spacious town/city. Cheers :-)

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    2. Oh I missed the Kurzon Gate... Yea I'll try to acquire a good vantage point (although Bardhaman doesn't have much tall buildings) and click-click your nostalgia :-D

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