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Is Konnagar Becoming Next Centre of Attraction for Jagaddhatri Puja?

It is the festive time for all Bengalis. What if our clients keep complaining about the number of holidays during the last month or so? This is the time when every household in Bengal has many happy days. It all initiates with the Durga Puja, is followed up by the Kali Puja and is then concluded with the Jagaddhatri Puja. Well so is the custom in the place I have been born and brought up in. I am talking about Konnagar.

Idol of Goddess Jagaddhatri

Though Jagaddhatri Puja in West Bengal has largely been associated with Chandannagar, the city known for its decoration lightings yet many other small towns and cities in the locality are catching the feverish of Jagaddhatri Puja in Chandannagar. Rishra is one of the small towns in Hooghly district, but this town too has become famous for the lavish Jagaddhatri Pandals. Thousands of people flock nowadays to view the puja in Rishra too. And taking heart more and more associations are deciding to hold the Jagaddhatri Pujas themselves.

Rituals of Jagaddhatri Puja in Progress

Talking about Konnagar, it is gradually becoming another place where Jagaddhatri Puja is held with pomp and grandeur. Growing up as a child we used to have some family organised pujas, one amongst them was our Jagaddhatri Puja organised by my grandfather Mr. Bireshwar Banerjee. But within the span of last five years the numbers of Pujas has gone up. They have evolved from being family oriented pujas to club oriented ones. Many clubs have got into the race of organising the lavish pujas and out beating their rival committees. It goes well for the popularity of Jagaddhatri Puja in Konnagar.

Jagaddhatri Puja Pandal

When you visit Konnagar during the Jagaddhatri Puja, right from the time you get off the local train you will be able to view the large idol placed in close proximity of the railway station. This Puja is organised by the local Rickshaw Pullers organisation. There is a big puja near the Shakuntala Kali Mandir too. Many puja pandals are found interspersed through Konnagar.

Come this 4th of November do not forget to pay a visit to Konnagar and enjoy the worship of the Protector of the World.

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Why Should You Pay A Visit to Konnagar?

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Ever Populated Konnagar Station

Konnagar is a small suburban town that is situated in the Howrah-Bardhaman main line. This small and peaceful town is located on the banks of the River Hooghly. The station lies between Rishra and Hindmotor and most of the local trains from Howrah to Bardhaman halt at this station. Konnagar is also accessible by road with the help of the Grand Trunk Road. Konnagar is run by its Municipal Corporation and falls under the Serampore sub-division.

One of the key advantages of living in Konnagar is the peaceful life that the town offers. Though it is just a few miles away from the Metropolitan city of Kolkata, yet when you consider the noise and pollution levels it can be considered a heaven. Konnagar is also the cultural hub in its neighborhood. If you happen to spend a day at this picturesque town you are sure to come across some cultural program  or the other. Some of the reputed poets and authors visit Konnagar regularly.

There are various places of interest in this town. The Konnagar Baromondir is a sombre Shiva temple placed on the banks of the River Hooghly. Most of the locales like to spend their evenings on the paved footsteps of this Ghat. The Raj Rajeshwari Temple established by Shankaracharya just a decade back is also one of the places of interest for the worshippers. But the temple for which Konnagar well known for is the Shakuntala Kali Mandir. This is one of the oldest Kali Pujas, and people from far and wide pay a visit to this temple. Fair is held on the adjacent grounds once a year on the eve of the Puja.

Though there are no malls and supermarkets in Konnagar (barring the More store which has been recently set up) yet the people can avail every item with ease. Most people claim that the prices of vegetables, fruits and other raw materials are very low in Konnagar. This meets the needs of the budget conscious residents.

 

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