St. Stephen’s Church, Kidderpore, Kolkata
Church with a Rocket like Steeple
Also see: My compilation of Calcutta (Kolkata) Churches
The St. Stephen’s Church, located on the Diamond Harbour Road, and next to the St. Thomas School, it is best observed from the bridge over Adi Ganga (Tolly Nala) in Kiddrpore.
With its unique rocket like steeple the St. Stephen’s Church attracts the attention of even the casual passerby. Strangely the steeple was not meant to be designed like a rocket, in fact it was designed as a ship’s lantern.
Choto Ras Bari
Chetla Tollygunge Region, Kolkata
Today the the Adi Ganga (Tollly Nala) looks nothing better than a drain, but this creek once served as a major pilgrim route to the Kalighat and is older than the city of Kolkata (Calcutta).
As the Adi Ganga (Tolly Nala) served as a pilgrim route, several other temples were constructed along its banks, the Radhanath Temple, Boro Ras Bari (major house) and Choto Ras Bari (minor house), is one such temple complex.
Radhanath Temple of the Mondal Family
Mondal Temple Lane, Tollygunge Circular Road
History books tell us that the Mondals of Bawali were originally Roys. Shovaram, the grandson of Basudev Roy (who lived between the end of 16th century and the early 17th century), was awarded the title Mondal. Shovaram’s grandson Rajaram was the senapati of the Raja of Hijli. Moved by his bravery, the raja offered him the ownership of 50 villages, which included Bowali and Budge Budge.
The family set up residence in Bawali. This marked the beginning of their dominance in the area, roughly around 1710. The family flourished under Rajaram’s grandson Haradhan, who enjoyed the patronage of East India Company.