Thursday, January 31, 2008

Places to visit in Western Assam-- Nalbari Dsitrict



Western Assam consists of the following districts:

Rangiya,Nalbari,Barpeta,Bongaigaon,Goalpara,Kokrajhar,Dhubri


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Ganga Pukhuri, Sonkuriha:-
This pond is situated in Vill Barkuriha of Upper Barbhag about 7(seven) kms south of Nalbari. It is said to had been dug by Gangadhar, a Brahmin. Each year, at Ashok Astami a mela is held here and devotees throng here from different parts of the country to pay homages to departed souls. The name of King Fengua, is associated with this tanks whose capital Subarna Koriwa or SonKuriha was nearby.

Mahmara Pukhuri, Chandkuchi:-
Another pond dug by the Ahoms. It was said to have been constructed with the sacrifice of a buffalo to remove the problem of water scarcity in the area and hence the name Mahmara Pukhuri.

Fenguwa Rampart(Fenguwar Ghar):-
In 1350-1365 there was a king named Fenguwa. The village Garbhita under Madhya Baska Mouza was his capital to preserve the unity of his kingdom as well as for his own safety he built a rampart which was 3.2 km long and 3-2 broad.

Angradhowa Pukhuri:-
This tank was built by Fengua Raja. It was said that Queens ornaments were washed with charcoal, so the Pond is known as Angradhowa Pukhuri. It is 62 M x 62M.

Gohain Kamal Ali :
The Gohain Kamal Ali, Which runs from Koch Bihar to North Lakhimpur was built during the reign of the Koch King, Naranarayan by his brother Gohai Kamal or Kamal Narayan in 1568 A.D.A marvel in engineering, parts of the road is still seen on border of Paschim Banbhag and Baska Mouza.

Sonkuriha:-
A place famous for migratory bird. It is a perfect picnic spot during winter season.

Hari Mandir:-
Built in 1965 on land donated by Rambahadur Pratap Narayan Choudhury, The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. In 1968 the Puaj Mandab was built with financial help from Lt. Damahuram Mahajan. The new Math was constructed from 1976 to 1985. The temple is unique throughout Assam because of the annual Ras festivel celebrated here in the month of November since 1946 with much pomp and grandeur; the festival, of course, being held much earlier from 1933 elsewhere.

Jain Temple, situated at Nalbari Town.

Billeswar Temple-
Believed to have been built 500 years ago, is dedicated mostly to Lord Krishna are also worshipped. As the legend goes, a priest once had a cow who refused to be milked. Upon following the cow, the priest found that the cow gave milk on a bush of “virina” (type of grass). When the king came to know about it he got the place dug and found a Shiva Kinga on that spot. A temple was built which was first called Birreswar or God or Virina, then Billeswar and now Belsor. Nowadays Belsor is a developed village with easy accessibility to Nalbari, the district headquarter.Throughout ages this temple has attracted many devotees and received royal patronage, including the Ahom King, Lakshmi Singha, who rebuilt the temple after devastating natural calamity.

Buddhist Temple
Situated at around 30 Kms from Nalbari, the Buddhist Temple was established almost 60 years ago by Nepali people. Every year, a great mela is held on Buddha Jayanti

SHRIPUR DEWALAY MANDIR
This temple is said to have been built by Ahom King, Sib Singha (1718-1744) and as legend foes, part of body of sati or Parvati fell here. The annual Durga Puja and Kali Puja is celebrated with pompt grandeur by the Assamese and the Tribals.

DAULASHAL TEMPLE
This temple is situated at Daulashal, a village at the extreme south-west of the district. In ancient times a huge doul or temple and near it a canal (khal) and so the place was called is “Daulakhal” and later “Daulashal”. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and his brother Balaram and has been witness to many glorious chapters of Assam history in particular the Mughal invasions to Assam.

SHRI SHRI DURGA & KALI MANDIR, PURAN SRIPUR:
This temple at Purna Sripur, Medaghat was built more than two hundred years. Each year Durga Puja and Kali Mandir are celebrated. There is also a Gopal Mandir in temple complex

BAGHESWARI DEWBAHAR GURI DEVALAY
Situated at Adabari, Mukalmua P/S. Though it is not known as to who built the temple, yet because of its super power, the Ahom King, Kamleswar Singha patronized this temple. Even today, the temple draws many devotees to pray to Goddess Durga, its main deity.

BASUDEB DEVALAY :

This temple built by Ahom King Sib Singha (1718-1744). The local folklore says that once a fisherman was fishing in Jaymangal Beel and for seven days he could not remove the fishing net. On the seventh day, a local fourth Gada Kahar had a dream in which Lord Basudeb appeared and asked him to be released from the fishing net. Upon reaching the beel, Gada found two large stones in the fishing net. When Sib Singha heard this story he came to Balikoria and tried to take away the stones but failed and so he built a temple there. In 1759 his brother, Rajeshwar Singha donated 64 Bighas of land to the temple. And since past festivals like Douljatra, Janmasthami, Sivaratri are being celebrated here.

BALLILECHA SHREE SHREE KALI DEVALA
Believed to have been built by the Ahom King, Sib Singha (1718-1744) this Kali Mandir situated at Ballilesha village is a living Sakta Mandir. There is an 18th inch high statute of Kali made of Arsha Satu inside the temple. Though there were also Bishnu Doul and Shiva Daul, the carthquake of 1897 almost destroyed them. A Kali Pukhuri covering 8 Pura which was dug, however exists

JAYPAL THAN (Kshudra Dingdingi) :-
Said to have been discovered by a cow named “Kapali” during the reign of Ahom King Sib Singha (1718-1744), most of the temple is now below ground because of earthquake. It is located 13 KM away from District Head Quarter .(South)

CHURCHES
Situated at Doomni Tea Estate, which is 46 kms from Nalbari, has a Catholic Church established in 1971

Situated at Barama which is 15 Km from Nalbari Town

SHIVA MANDIR, NAGRIJULI :-Situated at Nagrijuli which is about 60 Km away from Nalbari Town.

Masjid :-Situated at Nalbari Town.

ASHRAM
Kharjara Ashram : at about 3 km from Nalbari Town
Gopalthan at Gopal Bazar, Nalbari.


KALBHAIRABI LINGARAJ MANDIR
Situated at Bihampur, which is about 12 Km away from Nalbari Town.

THETHA GOHAIN :-
Built in the last decade of 19th century on land donated by late Janmi Majumdar, an inhabitant of Kamarkuchi, this temple is situated away from human habitation

BASUDEB DEVALAY :-
This temple built by Ahom King Sib Singha (1718-1744). The local folklore says that once a fisherman was fishing in Jaymangal Beel and for seven days he could not remove the fishing net. On the seventh day, a local fourth Gada Kahar had a dream in which Lord Basudeb appeared and asked him to be released from the fishing net. Upon reaching the beel, Gada found two large stones in the fishing net. When Sib Singha heard this story he came to Balikoria and tried to take away the stones but failed and so he built a temple there. In 1759 his brother, Rajeshwar Singha donated 64 Bighas of land to the temple. And since past festivals like Douljatra, Janmasthami, Sivaratri are being celebrated here.

NALBARI RASH FESTVAL

About the Festival
Raax festival is celebrated in Nalbari with much pomp and grandeur during November. Not only has the festival become a part and parcel of Nalbari, it has got intertwined with its socio cultural life. In fact, this celebration is associated with the Raax Leela of Lord Krishna with his ‘Gopis’. It is said that the bewitching autumn moon accompanied by gentle breeze wafting through made Lord Krishna pick up his flute. The captivating music that deftly flowed from his flute made the ‘Gopis’ leave their household chores and join Him in ‘Raax Leela’. This festival finds mention in ancient scriptural like Shri Bhagawad Puran, Vishnu Puran and later on in Srimanta Sankarceva’s at Adi Dasam, Kirtan and plays like Keligopal. Raax signifies the ultimate devotion and love of the gopis towards Lord Krishna who to them is the epitome of Love on spiritual parameter. It is the celebration of total surrender to the Lord, oblivious of the world around and of his varied roles.In Nalbari Raax festival is celebrated in the premises of Hari Mandir in the heart of the town. The festival has a big mela, along with local mobile theater performing, giving a festive atmosphere throughout the town with people even from other parts of the state flocking to see it. Comparable to the Ganpati festival of Mumbai, Dussehera of Mysore, this Raax festival is the unifying thread of otherwise heterogeneous society as people forget the barriers of caste and creed, and get immersed in the spirit of the festival.

4 comments:

kamal said...

hi !!! who ever u r , u hav done a wonderful,job by creating this site. and letting d poples to knoew about our nalbari..

parag said...

Its nice to see Nalbari in website...

Nithi bha said...
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mukul patowary said...

I am proud to be a Nalbarian .
Mukul Patowary.