Archive for March, 2013

Second Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk

March 27, 2013 5 comments

Wikipedia Takes Kolkata II

Second Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, 3 March 2013

Also see: Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalks

“The 29, busy professionals on weekdays and hobby photographers on weekends, were participating in the second edition of Wikipedia Takes Kolkata. The aim? Not to build impressive personal collection of photographs but to increase the number of city images available on the the number one information resource for GeNext.”

Sreyoshi Dey, The Telegraph, Kolkata , 7 March 2013

“Wikipedia Takes Kolkata II is the second edition of the event organised by the Wikipedians, encouraging the masses to contribute to the world’s largest, quickest online encyclopedia”

Suruchi Gupta, Hindustan Times, Kolkata, 3 March 2013

Second Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, Group Photo (Photo: Biswarup Ganguly)

Second Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, Group Photo (Photo: Biswarup Ganguly)

Wikipedia the world largest online encyclopedia runs on entirely voluntary effort. Each major city in the world has a a Wikipedia chapter, who apart from contributing to Wikipedia carry out different activities like Wikiacademy and photowalks.

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Sabz Burj (Green Dome)

March 20, 2013 2 comments

Sabz Burj (Green Dome)

~ Blue cloured green dome ~

Also see: My blog post on Delhi

Sabuz Burj (Green Dome), Delhi

Sabuz Burj (Green Dome), Delhi

Located on the grassy traffic island at the junction of Mathurs Road and Lodi Road stands a structure, neither grand nor towering. But the structure is striking enough to attracts the attention of passing Delhiwala, as well as tourist heading for the Humayun’s Tomb or the Nizamuddin’s Darga.

The structure is crowned with a blue dome and no wonder it is popularly know as the Neeli Chhatri.

Strangely it is officially know as the Sabz Burj (Sabz = Green, Burj = Dome) and the blue tiles on the dome are only a recent restoration effort. A few of the original multi coloured tiles can still be seen on the drum of the dome.

The octagonal tomb with with alternate wide and narrow sides follow the Baghadid Tomb architecture style. All the eight sides are marked with high recessed arches and it is crowned with a high drummed double domed.

The Sabz Burj is enclosed by a high fence and entry is restricted. The only option is to go round it.

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Rajrajeshwar Temple ~ Kotalpur, Hooghly

March 13, 2013 9 comments

Rajrajeshwar Temple ~ Kotalpur, Hooghly

~ Unusual Terracotta Panels ~

Rajrajeshwar Temple ~ Kotalpur, Hooghly

Rajrajeshwar Temple ~ Kotalpur, Hooghly

The Parsis leave their dead bodies for the vulture to eat but for the Hindus vultures have always been considered as a symbol of misfortune and bad luck. So the image of vultures is the last thing you expect to see on the walls of a Hindu temple but the Rajrajeshwar Temple, in the remote village of Kotalpur, have a distinction of housing several images of vultures. One of the terracotta panels on the temple walls shows two vultures feasting on a human corpse and several other panels show vultures in different postures.

Bengal is known for its terracotta temples. Starting from temple complex Bishnupur to the temples of Aatpur, Bansberia, Guptipara and Kalna West Bengal has the distinction of housing some of the finest terracotta works in the world. But apart from these well known temples West Bengal is also home to hundreds of lesser known terracotta temples scattered in the remote villages of South Bengal. Kotolpur, in the Jangipara block of the Hooghly district, is one such village which has the distinction of housing one such terracotta temple.

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Portuguese Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

March 6, 2013 8 comments

Portuguese Church (1799)

~ Catholics Cathedral of Calcutta (Kolkata) ~

Also see my compilation of Calcutta (Kolkata) Churches

Portugese Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Portugese Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Historical evidences indicate that the Portuguese arrived in Calcutta (Kolkata) much before Job Charnok, but their relationship with the English has never been friendly.

The first Portuguese place of worship in Calcutta (Kolkata) date backs to the late 17 th century, consisted of a mud hut. In 1700 it was converted into a brick structure.

In 1757 Lord Clive expelled the Portuguese from Calcutta (Kolkata) and the Catholic Portuguese Chapel was converted into an Anglican Protestant Chapel.

Four years later the ban was lifted and the Portuguese got back their chapel in 1796. They decided to convert the chapel into a Church and funds were raised. The well known Portuguese traders Baretto Brothers were leading contributors.

The new church, which exsists to this day, was opened to public on 27 Nov. 1799. Designed by James Driver it was constructed at a cost of Rs90,000.

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