department of tourism

government of west bengal

BANKURA

Bankura has gained wide appeal as a popular tourist destination. The district can legitimately take pride in having a wide range of spots attracting tourists for a variety of reasons ranging from arts and architecture, terracotta temples, dense virgin forests, hills and the scenic spots at Mukutmonipur etc. Since ancient times, it is popularly known as Rarh area in Bengal.

Bankura district, falling under Eastern Chhotanagpur Plateau, looks like handpicked by Mother Nature and is blessed with old brown hills, murmuring rivers, ancient temples- all bearing testimony to a rich culture and tradition.

Bishnupur deserves a special mention in that the town hosts a good many temples like Madan Mohan temple, Shyam Roy Temple and a short distance away, at Jairambati the famous temple dedicated to Sarada Devi for crores of devotees of the Ramakrishna Monastic Order. The town also has its own distinct musical tradition known as Bishnupur Gharana.

The hills at Biharinath and Susunia are spots of natural wonder and ideal for trekking and going foot-loose.

Mukutmonipur situated at the confluence of River Kansabati and Kumari has the second largest river dam in India. Hemmed in by hillocks all around, the still water of the lake offers a hypnotic visual of the azure sky above and is a delight for lovers of nature in its pristine beauty.

Bishnupur is the headquarter of the Bishnupur sub-division of Bankura District which is specialized for crafts and culture.
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    BISHNUPUR
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    BISHNUPUR

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    Bishnupur is a town in the Bankura District of West Bengal and located at about 132 km from Kolkata. It is famous for its terracotta temples and Baluchari sarees. The town has a glorious past that is reflected in its rich architecture, music and handicrafts such as pottery and weaving. It prospered in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Ruled by a line of Hindu Rajas of the Malla dynasty, Bishnupur developed a unique form of architecture and has perhaps the most brilliant and detailed terracotta work in Eastern India that has withstood the ravages of time. The Terracotta tiles depict stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Temples like the Shyam Ray Temple, the twin shrines of Jorbangla and the Rasmancha are a must visit. Apart from its heritage, Bishnupur is also known for its traditional handloom sarees. Pottery, artiefacts and even jewellery made of terracotta in Bishnupur are also very popular. Bishnupur is also famous for the School of Hindustani Music which flourished under royal patronage along with the Bishnupur School of Painting. This style of music is still being kept alive in local academies of music. The history of Bishnupur can be traced back to 694 AD, when King Raghunath founded the Malla dynasty. However, it was much later in 994 AD that the place was named Bishnupur. The name is derived from the name of the Hindu God Vishnu. The most powerful king of the dynasty was King Raghunath Singh Dev II, who ruled from 1626 AD. At that time the administration of Bengal was in the hands of Shah Lahan and his son Shuja. He developed a close friendship with the king and there followed a period of peace when art and music already flourishing, reached great heights. It was during this period that the Jorbangla Temple was erected.

    How to Reach:

    By Air: Nearest airport to Bishnupur is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport, Kolkata. It is well connected to kolkata by road and rail network.

    By Train: Bishnupur can be reached by train and regular trains are available from Howrah railway station.

    By Road: It is well connected by road with Kolkata and surrounding towns like Asansol, Durgapur, Burdwan, Panagarh and other parts of the state.

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    Jayrambati
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    Jayrambati

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    Jayrambati is famous for the birth place of Sri Sri Sarada Devi, the devoted wife of Sri Sri Ramakrishna. The flowing Damodar river and the clear air remind the divinity. She was born here in the year 1858. A temple of the mother Matrimandir dedicated to Maa Sarada Devi established here. On the right side there is ancestral house of mother. On the opposite side she stayed from 1916 to 1920.

    How to Reach :
    By Air : Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata at a distance of about 95 Km is the nearest airport of Kamarpukur. From the airport one can hire pre-paid taxis or other vehicle to reach Kamarpukur or Jairambaiti (at a distance of about 103 Km) in less than 2 hours. Road conditions are pretty good.

    By Train : Bishnupur railway station at about 48 Km away is the nearest railhead of Jairambati. However there are not too many trains from Howrah and Sealdah railway stations in Kolkata to take you to Jairambati. From Bishnupur railway station one can hire a vehicle to reach Jairambati in about one hour.

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    MUKUTMONIPUR
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    MUKUTMONIPUR

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    A sever place is surrounded by smaller hills and a beautiful dam at the centre, Mukutmonipur is located 30 kms from Bankura and it has good transport facility. the most attractive place is the Mukutmonipur Dam, especially when water flows across the rocky river. A special attraction point is Deer Park, 5.5 km away from the main place and connected through ferry service.

    Mukutmonipur is popular yet an offbeat tourist destination, extremely ideal for having a peaceful weekend amidst the tranquility of nature. Though Mukutmonipur is a popular picnic destination for more than a decade and ranks among the top ten popular picnic destinations of Bengal, of late, it has gradually grown into an ideal weekend destination. For all those of weary mind and body who wish to escape the busy city, Mukutmonipur is the perfect destination for ultimate relaxation.

    Mukutmanipur is a small hamlet town in the Bankura district of West Bengal. It is located close to the Jharkhand border at the confluence of the Kangsabati and Kumari rivers. Bankura, the district town is just 55 Km away.

    Mukutmanipur is one such place which does not have many sightseeing spots around. It's a place where people go to relax and unwind, far away from the crowded and busy city life. The natural beauty of the place with an incredibly beautiful lake created by the dam, nestled among thickly forested hillocks is enough to mesmerize you and you can spend hours simply gazing at the blue waters of the lake or taking a stroll on the dam or boating on the lake water.

    The 86 sq. m giant lake with deep blue water, formed by the Kangsabati water reservoir provides an irresistible temptation to take a boat ride. Boating some the verdant green islands of varying size in the lake, including one with a deer park is an awesome experience and gives a unique chance of being alone with nature on a lonely island. A stroll along the pavement with your loved ones is indeed a wonderful experience that helps to relax and enjoy the beauty of the lake and the small rocky hills dotting the landscape. Watching the sunrise or sunset with your beloved by your side will definitely be a memory to cherish lifelong. Walking on the pavements or sitting along the lake with your beloved's hand in your hand on a moonlit night will definitely be one of the most romantic moments of your life. Even the most ordinary person would wish they here a poet in such a romantic environment.

    How to Reach: From Bankura one can take a bus till Mukutmanipur itself. Train journey from Howrah to Bankura : 4.5 hrs approximately. Bus journey from Bankura to Mukutmanipur is about 2 hrs. Buses are also available directly from Kolkata to Mukutmanipur with journey time 8-9 hrs.

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    Jorbangla Temple
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    Jorbangla Temple

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    The Jorbangla temple was built in 1655 AD by King Raghunath Singha Dev II. The roof and walls of the temple represent the classical Chala style. Some of the finest works of terracotta are found on the walls of this temple.

    Rooms and walls are set with a number of terracotta panels. Some of the carved designs of the royal lifestyles, stories depicting the epics, historical scenes from the battles, etc are found on the walls and on the roof of the temple.

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    SUSUNIA

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    Susunia is a 1500 ft high hill of southern West Bengal, situated at the north-western part of Bankura District. It is often believed that Raja Chandra Varma had once built his fort on this hill. With plenty of natural beauty in the form of cascading waterfalls, plenty of greenery and river Gandheshwari flowing down the hill. Susunia  is a picture perfect look with the rock faces meaut for  mountaineers

    Susunia is one of the rich reserves of medicinal plants. It is well known as an archeological and fossil site.The fossil of lion, giraffe, hyena and many other animal species was discovered from this area. The oldest rock inscription of West Bengal is located here. There is an ancient carved monolith standing at the point where the spring water is coming out of another stone curved projected.

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    Lalji Temple
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    Lalji Temple

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    Lalji Temple has been built by Malla king Bir Singha, with Shikhara and built on raised platform of square shape. This temple has been devoted to Radha-Krishna and is similar to that of Bengali architecture with ornamental stucco decorations. In front of the temple there is dancing hall and there is tower in the west dedicated to Raghunath. Outer yard is divided from the inner by a wall, and contain0s a small Pancharatna temple of Kameswar Siva. The temple is enclosed by wall entirely with a gateway passage towards east. In front of the gateway are two cars are there one for Lord Lalji and the other from lord Raghunath. They are taken out in procession during Dussera festival. There are inscriptions in Bengali at several places. Trains and buses both can be taken depending on the comfort of person.

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    Madanmohan Temple
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    Madanmohan Temple

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    The Madanmohan temple was built by the King Durjana Singh Dev in late 17th century. The architecture of the temple is in Ekaratna style, has a square flat roof with curved cornices and a pinnacle over the top. Madanmohan temple is one of those oldest temples in Bishnupur where the deity is still there and worshiped.

    The terracotta temple was constructed within the fort complex in 1694 AD. It was built in the 'Eka Ratna' style of temple architecture with a square flat roof, cornices that are curved and a pinnacle on the top. This temple is even more ornately carved and sculptured than the other famous terracotta temples in Bishnupur.

    Anecdotes and stories of the legend of Lord vishnu, also known as Madan Mohan, are quite famous in Bishnupur and also during the rules of Malla kings. Stories from the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Puranas, adorn the ceiling and walls in the form of paintings and carvings.

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    Radha Shyam Temple

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    The Radhashyam temple in Bishnupur is known for the terracotta style of architecture. This temple was built during the reign of King Chaitanya Singha during mid of 1750s. The temple structure has a carved roof with a single tower that crowns the square structure of the building. Lord Krishna is the deity that is revered in this temple.

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    Pancharatna Temple
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    Pancharatna Temple

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    Built by King Raghunath Singha, it stands on a low square plinth and consists of an ambulatory pathway with a porch opened by three arches on the four sides of the temple. The central shikhara is octagonal, while the rest four are square. The walls are richly decorated with terracotta carvings featuring aspects of Lord Krishna's life.

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    RASHMANCHA
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    RASHMANCHA

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    The Rashmancha pavilion used for housing the idols of Lord Krishna from other temples during the Rash festival was built in brick by King Veer Hambir in 1600 A.D. This is the oldest brick temple in Bishnupur and is shaped as an elongated pyramidal tower surrounded by hut-shaped turrets. The outermost gallery is elegantly surrounded by Bengal hut-type roofs. The floor is paved with bricks. The entire structure stands on high platform made up of laterite blocks. Good quality clay is locally available in plenty for making the bricks and terracotta plaques used in the construction of the temples and decorative images.

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    Nanda Lal Temple
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    Nanda Lal Temple

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    Nandalal temple is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The south facing temple has square ground with a single tower resting on a curved roof. It is one of the many temples dedicated to Lord Krishna in Bishnupur. However, currently there is no deity inside the temple. The exterior of the temple is plain without any decoration. It is not known who built this temple. However, based on the architectural style, it is believed that it should belong to the 17th century CE.

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    Garh Darwaja

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    Garh Darwaja is a terracotta gateway situated in Bankura near Bishnupur, a destination famous for its terracotta masonry. Built during the rule of the Malla Kings, this gateway is also known as the Chota Patthar Darwaja or Small Gateway of Bishnupur.

    Found overlooking the famous Radhakrishna Lalji Temple, Garh Darwaja is an arched terracotta structure with a plain exterior. At a short distance from this gateway lies another gateway which is larger in size and is known as the Bara Patthar Darwaja or Main Gateway of Bishnupur. Currently this gateway is not protected by the ASI and is thus not well maintained. Tourists can also do shop for terracotta pottery, artefacts, jewellery and Balucheri saris close to this site.

    While visiting Garh Darwaja, one can also visit Gum Garh Execution Site, Bada Pathar Darwaja and Radhakrishna Lalji Temple, which are located nearby.
    The best time to visit is during the annual four day long Bishnupur Mela held around the last week of December.

    The best way to reach Garh Darwaja is by walking from Bankura.

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    Shyamrai Temple

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    The Shyamarai temple is to the north of the Bishnupur village and is famous for the roof architecture. The square shaped temple has its interior and exterior decorated with wonderful terracotta tiles. There are various pictures and carvings that depict the stories of Lord Krishna, as cowherd, with the flute and the gopis. The garden surrounding the temple is a place to rest and move in the evenings.

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    Ancient Temple, Bahulara

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    This brick temple originally a Jain Temple, now dedicated to Siddhesvara Mahadeva is one of the oldest of its types with a sikhara of Nagara style, probably dating back 11th/12th cent. AD.

    Bahulara is a census village in West Bengal.This place is famous for the temples. It serves as one of the famous weekend destination in Bankura District of West Bengal.

    While visiting Bishnupur, the heart land of terracotta temples, Bahulara will come at the fore front. The Siddheswara Shiva temple at Bahulara is well known for its unique architectural style and exquisite ornamentation of the temple walls. Siddheswara Shiva temple was built in deula structure just like Jatar Deul of Southern part of West Bengal, which was inspired from the Odisha School of Architecture. Siddheswara Shiva temple came up between the 8th and 11th centuries. Siddheswara Shiva temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva or Mahadeva, located in the village, is considered the finest specimen of brick rekha deul temple made in line of Kalinga architecture ascribed to Pala period. Besides a Shiva lingam the temple has images of Ganesha, Jain tirthankar Parasanath and one of Mahisasurmardini deity. The exterior of Siddheswara Shiva temple is covered with very fine ornamentation. The area has many relics and old mounds. The height of Siddheswara Shiva temple is 19.2 metres. The top portion of Siddheswara Shiva temple has been damaged.

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    Krishna Balaram Temple
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    Krishna Balaram Temple

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    Krishna-Balaram Temple is Located 20 km from Bankura; the sanctuary manages distinctive symbols of Lord Krishna. A decent place to visit, particularly for religious individuals. Sri Krishna-Balaram Mandir is a Gaudiya Vaishnava sanctuary in the blessed city of Vrindavan. It is one of the principle ISKCON sanctuaries in India and globally. Otherworldly seekers and especially fans of Krishna from everywhere throughout the world are seen here year-round, adding new shading and life to this antiquated sacred city.

    The gods of the sanctuary are Krishna and Balarama, at the focal sacred place. On the right sacrificial stone are Radha Krishna with Gopi, Lalita and Vishakha. On the left sacred place is a Murti of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with Nityananda, and of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his profound instructor Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Krishna-Balaram Mandir authorizes one of the most noteworthy gauges of cleanliness and of divinity love in all of Vrindavan. Close to the sanctuary, at the passage to the intricate is found samadhi sanctum (sepulcher) of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, manufactured of immaculate white marble.
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    DHARMA THAKUR TEMPLE
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    DHARMA THAKUR TEMPLE

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    Dharma Thakur Temple is situated to the north-west of Punya Pukur, one of the holiest tanks in the region. The temple is dedicated to Dharma Thakur, the presiding deity of the village. The temple lies in the small mud-walled thatched house that has two rooms.

    Lord Dharma Thakur is worshipped under two different names in the same village. In the first temple, Lord Dharma Thakur is worshipped as Lord Sundar Narayan, in the form of a tortoise. The tortoise is considered as one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The presiding deity of the village is also referred to as Lord Vishnu, by some of the villagers. The temple also has idols of Sarada Devi and a stone-emblem of Narayana.

    The other Dharma Thakur Temple located in the village is known as the Yatra-Siddhi Ray and is worshipped by the Ghosh family.

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    JHILIMILI

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    Jhilimili is a noted tourist destination, located in the Khatra subdivision of the district of Bankura. It is precisely located at the border of Purulia, Bankura and Midnapur. Situated just 70 kilometers away from the Bankura town, the Jhilmili district is an area of dense and imperturbable natural beauty. The place is perched on a hillock and on your way from Ranibund to Jhilimili you can catch a glimpse of a range of unique sights adorned by dense forests of varying heights. These forests can be seen on both sides of the road.

    The area covered by Jhilimili and Mukutmanipur (the second biggest earthen Dam of India, 55 kms away from Bankura) has emerged as one of the most attractive tourist destinations of Bankura. Nestled on the banks of the Kangsabati River, this unique tourist attraction is covered by micaceous soil that accentuates the beauty of this place. In fact, it can be said that the place partially derives its name from the sparkle of this soil. Jhilimili, in Bengali, means sparkle. A step on to Jhilimili and you are greeted by panoramic views of the beautiful surroundings. It's a quiet place and can act as an idyllic gateway for those seeking a quiet vacation away from the clamor of urban life.

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    Joypur Jungle

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    Joypur forest is a dense forest with skyscraping Sal, Palash, Kusum, Mahua, Neem and Teak trees for which sunlight could not touch the bottom at some places. It is the extremely dense forest and the deer herds are crossing the forest path every time. Tourists who like to see the movement of deer then Joypur forest is their first destination place.  Bankura District forms a locality of the eastern Chhota Nagpur high land which is adorned by the nature with her own hands. Old brown hills, rives, many ancient temples and monuments are the stores for the culture and tradition of Bankura.

    The forest is not only famous for visual pleasure, many tropical chirping birds will soothe your ears too. The main habitants of this wildlife sanctuary are Cheetal (spotted dear), wild fox, wolf and elephants. An observatory inside the forest gives the panoramic view of the entire forest. The best time to reach the observatory is the dawn the clam forest becomes noisy with every animal welcoming the sunrise to start a new day. A day long walk through the forest can be a rewarding experience but be sure to come back by 4:00 PM. If you are a forest lover, plan a day picnic, carry packed foods (cooking is not allowed in this protected forest). Wild rats, mongoose or a snake can pass through during summer on your way. Enjoy the aroma of the forest, the fruits of Mahua are used to make local liquor. Since it is a wildlife sanctuary, most of the dense forest is still undiscovered, do not dare to take your own route while strolling in the forest.

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    SUTAN FOREST

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    This is a beautiful tourist place with shades of Sal, Piyal, Mahua, Palash and Shimul, about 60 km away from Bankura via Ranibandh. This is also the homeland of the Santhal, Munda and Bhumijas. It is an ideal place to spend a short leave. The surrounding is calm and peaceful with hillocks. It becomes charming and colorful with palash and krishnachura flowers in the day time and the enchanting tune of madal played by the villagers at night. The full-moon nights are mesmerizing. From the Bungalow, steps leads to the lake where boating add more fun to the tourists. Wild elephant, Deer, hog and partridges are seen in the forest. Elephants from Dalma often step into Sutan for ripened crops. The forest bungalow on the top of the hillock, although without electricity, attracts tourists for the serene beauty of the hills and forest.. There is a Trekker's hut 9 km inside the forest on the bank of the lake.

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    Nutan Bari

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    Nutan Bari, also referred to as the New Home of Sarada Devi, was constructed by Swami Saradananda, during 1915 and 1916. The site is located on the western side of the Punya Pukur, a holy tank. This site is dedicated to Goddess Jagadhatri, a form of Goddess Durga. In the ancient times, this place was used for providing accommodation to the pilgrims visiting Jairambati.

    This place has four rooms made of mud walls and straw roofs. One of the rooms was used by Sarada Devi as her bedroom and other, as her worshipping chamber. The preaching hall has now been transformed into a temple that is enshrined with a life-size portrait of Sarada Devi. The room adjoining the preaching hall was used as a kitchen, while the room opposite to the kitchen belonged to Nalini-Didi, niece of Sarada Devi.

    The last room, a prayer hall dedicated to Goddess Jagaddhatri, is bounded by railings. The room is also believed to have been used by Swami Saradananda and Subodhananda during their visit to the destination. The shrine has now been converted into an ashram.

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    Puratan Bari

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    Puratan Bari, popularly known as the Old House of Sarada Devi, is the ancestral home of Sarada Devi. It is believed that she lived in this home for about 52 years, from 1863 to 1915. When the family’s property was divided among the brothers of Sarada Devi, this house was given to her brother, Prasanna Mukhopadhya.

    It is believed that Sarada Devi started preaching Brahmacharya and Sanyasa in this old house. She worshipped Goddess Jagaddhatri at this site. The house is now under the supervision of Belur Math.

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    MATRI MANDIR

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    Matri Mandir is a temple constructed on the site where Sarada Devi was born. She lived here with her parents till she was 19 years old. The temple was construed by Swami Saradananda on the 19th April 1923 and the idol of Sarada Devi was enshrined on 8th April 1954. Later, a spacious prayer hall and a kitchen were also added to the shrine.

    A collection of articles that belonged to Sarada Devi has been preserved in the sanctum of the temple. The shrine also has a small Shiva Lingam that was found while digging the earth for the construction of this temple. The temple has a white dome that is adorned with a metallic flag embossed with the sacred word Ma, meaning mother.

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    Jairambati Math
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    Jairambati Math

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    Jairambati Math is renowned for various religious and cultural ceremonies that are organised in this Math, throughout the year. The Math is popularly known as the Ramakrishna Mission Sarada Sevashrama Yogashrama. It organises several social welfare works for the betterment of the poor and under privileged.

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    Mukutmanipur Dam

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    Mukutmanipur Dam in Bankura is built at the confluence of Kangsabati and Kumari Rivers. Mukutmanipur itself is a town where the dam is the main tourist attraction. In the rocky terrains of Bankura, the dam is a relief. The waterbody is surrounded by small rocky hills, or, tillas (the local name). Ferry rides are available which take you to an island on the dam. The island is nice with a deer park in it. Overall, Mukutmanipur is good for a day's picnic.

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    Simhavahini Temple

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    Simhavahini Temple is dedicated to Goddess Simhavahini, also known as Goddess Jagaddhatri, among natives. This temple was constructed by Sarada Devi. It is believed that once Sarada Devi undertook a fast to get rid of an acute disease from which she was suffering for a long time. At that time, Goddess Simhavahini appeared as a blacksmith with her mother, Shyama Sundari. They suggested some medicines to Sarada Devi that were prepared using the mud collected from the shore of the tank. Sarada Devi was cured after taking these medicines. After this incident, Sarada Devi regularly collected a small amount of mud from this sacred place, in a small casket and gave it to Radhu, one of her nieces, who used it to treat villagers.

    The present structure of the temple is the exact replica of the older one that was damaged few years ago. The small shine located near the main temple is enshrined with idols of Sri Chandi, Mahamaya and Goddess Manasa. Many tourists visit this temple during the annual Durga Puja.

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    HADAL-NARAYANPUR

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    Located on the banks of the Bodai River, the twin villages of Hadal-Narayanpur is famous for its Mandal family's terracotta temples that comprise of Barataraf, Mejotaraf and the Chhototaraf temples.

    Barataraf also has a huge Rasmancha popularly used to stage Ras-Leela or plays based on Vishnu's life. Mejotaraf and the Chhototaraf are studded with terracotta panels with representations of Vishnu in the Anantashayan posture.

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    Acharya Jogesh Chandra Purakriti Bhawan

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    The Acharya Jogesh Chandra Purakriti Bhawan in Bishnupur is a museum that relate to art and archeology. In the archaeological gallery, there are tools from Mesolithic and Paleolithic era, metal ornaments, terracotta sculptures, etc. This Museum accounts for the coins and artefacts from the ancient days of Bishnupur, starting from the Gupta kings to the Pal kingdom.

    Also, there are contemporary art and paintings, manuscripts and rare photographs. A section of the Purakriti Bhawan is dedicated to the musical culture of Bishnupur Gharana and has many instruments and photographs displayed.

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    Dal madol
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    Dal madol

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    The cannon named Dal Madol was built by the Malla kings to fight the Maratha invasion. This cannon is situated near Chinnomasta temple and is significant for the people of Bishnupur as well as Bengal. The cannon measures about 3.8 m in length and has a barrel of 28.5 cms. It was built in the year 1742 under Raja Gopal Singh to protect Bishnupur from Marathas. The Cannon is built with iron materials and doesn’t have any rust, though it is exposed to rain and sun since 18th century.

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    BIHARINATH HILL

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    Biharinath Hill, located on the northern part of the Saltora Block, has the highest altitude in the district. It stands as a guard to the north-western border at a distance of 57 km from Bankura district. The hill has a height of 1469 feet and is believed to be an age-old centre of Jainism.

    Varieties of flora and fauna are found in the region. Especially some rare wild animals like pangolin, hyena, racaphorus and chameleon are still found in the area. The place is also known for its natural beauty.

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    BHANU PISHI HOUSE

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    Bhanu Pishi House is the ancestral home of Bhanu Pishi, the childhood friend of Sarada Devi. Bhanu Pishi received blessings of Sri Ramakrishna and Sarada Devi at this site. It is believed that Sarada Devi spent several days here in isolation, for attaining mental peace.

    It is also believed that Bhanu once saw a four-armed goddess in Sarada Devi, long before she was treated like one. The home of Bhanu Pishi was the residence of Sarada Devi during the time when the villagers doubted her husband's sanity. This house is now managed by Sri Matri Mandir.

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By Air: The nearest airport to Bankura is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport.

By Train: There is regular train service to Bankura from other major cities of West Bengal.

By Road: Bankura is well connected to Kolkata by bus service.
wbtourism Accommodation
  • WBTDC Bishnupur Tourist Lodge

    Post Office: Bishnupur, District: Bankura, Pin- 722122
    Contact No.: (03244) 252013
    Mobile - 09732100950
    Email: bishnupurtl@gmail.com

  • WBFDC Sonajhuri Prakriti Bhraman Kendra (Mukutmonipur)

    Booking Office
    West Bengal forest Development Corporation Limited
    6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square,
    7th - Floor, Kolkata-700013
    Contact No.: (033) 22258549
    Website: http://www.wbfdc.com/

  • Mukutmonipur Youth Hostel

    Village -Mukutmonipur, Post Office - Gorabari, District-Bankura, Pin-722135.

    Nearest Railway Station : Bankura
    Contact No.: 03242250868

  • Ramkinkar Yuba Abas

    Bankura Pratap Bagan, Post Office + District - Bankura.

  • Ramkinkar Youth Hostel

    Pratapbagan, Post Office + District - Bankura, Pin-722101.

    Nearest Railway Station : Bankura
    Contact No.: 03242250868

  • Susunia Youth Hostel

    Village + Post Office - Susunia, Dist- Bankura, Pin-722132.

    Nearest Railway Station : Chhatna
    Contact No.: 03242234235

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
E-Mail : wbtourismpublicity1@gmail.com