Durga Pujas in erstwhile Zemindari families in rural Bengal have a charm of their own. Steeped in tradition, these pujas are held with the same reverence by the families as they were done centuries ago although the sun may have set on their fame and glory. Experience the pujas of Rahr Bengal this year and get a glimpse of rural Bengal, away from crowds of the chaotic city.
While there are a bunch of private tour operators which promise an array of facilities and options, the initiative of West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation to offer a guided tour to these rajbaris is a cost-effective one. Moreover, being run by the government there is accountability and your safety on the highway is ensured. In other words, you are not taken for a ride and get to visit only the genuine rajbaris. Team WHEELS provides you the details of the packages offered by West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation
The Durga puja of the zemindar family dates back to 200 years. The unique feature of this puja is that the Devi Durga is worshipped as Hara-Gouri instead of her usual Mahisasurmardini form.
Guskara is a town in Bardhaman district. Chongdar Bari and Majhi Bari are the primary attractions here.
Majhi Bari: This was the first Durga Puja in Guskara, started during the reign of Nawab Alibardi Khan. The idol depicts the goddess riding the lion along with her two friends – Jaya and Bijaya and the demon.
Chongdar Bari: This 500-year-old puja is famous for its ekchala protima. Maharsi Debendranath Tagore and Rabindranath Tagore used to visit this puja. The face of the lion resembles that of a horse.
Surul Rajbari, Birbhum
Surul is a town about 3 km from Santiniketan in Birbhum district. The trip includes a visit to Sarkar Bari Puja in Surul.
The Surul Rajbari is famous for its Durga Puja along with its terracotta temples from the 18th century which depict scenes from the Ramayana and Puranas. The Durga Puja was first held here some 200 years ago.
Kashim Bazar Rajbari, Murshidabad
The palace, built on 35 bighas of land with two ponds was built in a classic Indo-European style. There are excellent fresco works adorning the walls. The Durga dalan has an enclosed marble courtyard, recently restored and a Garbhagriha where the deities are housed.
West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation has also lined up exciting river cruises during the Pujas. Cruise along the river and enjoy watching the pujas held on the banks of the river. Witness the immersion of the idols and enjoy with exotic Bengali delicacies served during the cruise
For bookings contact:
West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
Tourism centre, 3/2 B.B.D Bag (E) Kolkata 700 001
Ph: 033 22488271 / 22436440