Posts Tagged ‘Bawali Mondal’

Bawali and Achipur, A long awaited family tour

January 17, 2018 4 comments

Bawali and Achipur

A long awaited family tour

It has been almost two years since our last vacation in Boronti, a weekend destination in Purulia, and my wife and eight year old daughter were desperate for a holiday.

Bawali Farmhouse 09

With my wife (Debjani) and daughter (Rupsha) at the banks of River Hooghly, near Achipur Barood Ghar

We decided to visit Bawali in South 24 Parganas and my wife took the initiative of booking the Bawali Farmhouse.

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Choto Ras Bari, Chetla Tollygunge Region, Kolkata

March 18, 2015 15 comments

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).

Choto Ras Bari, Tollygunge - Chetla area, Kolkata

Choto Ras Bari, Tollygunge – Chetla area, Kolkata

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.

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Radhanath Temple, Mondal Temple Lane, Tollygunge Circular Road

December 26, 2014 10 comments

Radhanath Temple of the Mondal Family

Mondal Temple Lane, Tollygunge Circular Road

Also see: Bawali Temples and Bawali Rajbari

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.

Radhanath Temple of the Mondal Family, towers above the roof top

Radhanath Temple of the Mondal Family, towers above the roof top

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.

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