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Radhanath Temple, Mondal Temple Lane, Tollygunge Circular Road

December 26, 2014 8 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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