Dakshin Dinajpur came into existence after the division of old West Dinajpur into North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur in April, 1992. Its history dates back to the Pal and Sen Dynasties of North Bengal and shares a rich historical heritage. Archeological excavations have revealed that a highly developed civilization flourished here in the past. The people of South Dinajpur or Dakshin Dinajpur are largely dependent upon agriculture for their livelihood. The four rivers, namely, Brahmani, Atreyee, Tangon and Punarbhaba flow through South Dinajpur and sustain a large community of fishermen. The history of Dakshin Dinajpur which used to be a part of the erstwhile Dinajpur district, dates back to the PAL and SEN dynasties and boasts of a glowing cultural heritage.
At a Glance
District Head Hq-
2,219 Sq Kms
16, 70,931 (Ref: Census 2011)
Best time to visit-
October to March
Bengali (Prime), Hindi & English (Alternative)
Places of Interest-
Hili border Lakes of the district Bangarh
Distance from Kolkata-
Historically probably the most important of all places in the entire district, Bangarh boasts of the largest share of archaeological ruins and icons to be found in Dakshin Dinajpur. It is situated 45 kms away from Balurghat town and 65 kms from Malda town. Bangarh was the capital of Koti Barsha district. During the Gupta period, the whole of North Bengal was known as Pundra Vardhana Bhukti (Pradesh). It was again sub-divided into a number of Vishayas (District). Koti Barsha was one of the districts. Its old name was Debkot/Debikot. In a radius of 8 kms of this area, different ancient archaeological remnants have been found.
Bolla Kali Temple
Bolla Kali Temple is situated in Dakshin Dinajpur District. Bolla village, located at a distance of about 20 kms from Balurghat town on Balurghat-Malda Highway houses this Temple. The famous Temple is dedicated to Bolla Maa Kali and has been named after the Goddess. There is a famous legend associated with the Temple. The legend says that once a Zamindar was arrested by the British, owing to his failure to pay the Zamindari tax. To rescue the Zamindar, Goddess Kali appeared and the Zamindar was released the next day. The grateful Zamindar expressed his gratitude by building a Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali and started to worship her. Since the Zamindar was released on a Friday that followed Raas Purnima every Friday after the Raas Purnima, Kali Puja is celebrated in the Temple. A sea of devotees, from different parts of South Dinajpur district, gathers in the Temple during the Puja and offer prayers. A three day fair is organized by the Puja committee on this occasion. Animal sacrifice, also known as Bali, is also a prominent feature of this Puja.
How to reach
BOLLA KALI TEMPLE
By Air: Nearest airport is Bagdogra near Siliguri. From there one can reach the temple via train or road communication.
By Train: Nearest rail station is Balurghat, which is the district headquarters of Dakshin Dinajpur. Trains from Kolkata are available for Balurghat on regular basis. One can reach the temple by road from Balurghat station easily.
By Road: Taxi or bus is available from Balurghat to Bolla. Busway also available from many other locations of the state.
Within 1 km of Gangarampur town, there is a big lake named "Dhal Dighi". It is about 1.5 kms in length and dates back to the Pal Dynasty. As the colour of the water of this lake was "Dhala" i.e. white, the lake is called Dhal Dighi. On the northern bank of the lake is the grave of a famous Muslim saint Atash Fakir. Some carved stone pillars and wall inscriptions can be seen in this grave.
Sarongbari is a small forest and a very attractive picnic spot. One small hut has been constructed with drinking water facilities and is managed by Hili Panchayat Samiti. Prior permission is to be sought from the Block Development Officer, Hili to enter this spot.
How to Reach
By Train: Balurghat is a railway station on the Eklakhi-Balurghat branch line and is located in Dakshin Dinajpur district in the State. It serves Balurghat city and the surrounding areas.
By Road: Already well-connected by road to Maldah, Siliguri, Kolkata, Raiganj and other premier cities in North Bengal.