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West Bengal - Nanoor
Nanoor, a small village of West Bengal, situated at a distance of 23 km from Bolpur and 9 km from Kirnahar, was previously known as Nanor or Chandidas-Nanoor. Arguably, Nanoor (also spelt as Nanur) is the birth place of the poet Chandidas.
There is a temple dedicated to Devi Visalakhi at Nanoor. It is said that Kirgij Khan, the king of Kirnahar, had destroyed the home of the poet Chandidas because his daughter (or wife) was attracted towards the music of Chandidas. In the remembrance of the poet Chandidas, Tili community had built the four storied Visalakhi temple. The main idol of the temple is the Goddess Saraswati. In 2001, the invaluable and rare black-stone Saraswati idol went missing from the Visalakhi temple. Just beside the Visalakhi temple, you can also see the home of Chandidas.
A dozen of Shiva temples in Nanoor are amongst the temples which are very popular. Two of the Shiva temples carry the unique terra cotta sculptures that need preservation. The doors of the Shiva temples were planned by Nandalal Basu. Apart from Shiva temples, the Rami Dhopanir Path temple and the Rakhakali temple are notable ones, both situated at the right hand side of the Nanoor police station.
How to reach: The easiest way to reach Nanoor is availing a train from Sealdah or Howrah. You need to get down at Bolpur. Bus services are available from bolpur to Nanoor. If you prefer to go by bus, you can avail bus from Esplanade, Kolkata. It is not a bad idea to take your own car for the trip.
Where to stay: One has to stay in Santiniketan or Bolpur if you come to Nanoor, because this small village hasn’t yet come up with any hotels for tourists. There are a plenty of accommodation options in Santiniketan to choose from. Santineketan tourists lodge, Bolpur lodge and many privately owned hotels which provide quality services to tourists are available in near by places of Bolpur and Santiniketan.