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West Bengal - Triveni
Once upon a time, Triveni used to be the meet of three rivers, the Ganges (Hoogly), The Swaraswati and the Kunti. About 500 years ago, Kunti dried up, and about 800 years ago Swaraswati dried up. It was known as the port city of Saptagram then. Now, it is known as Bansberia. Triveni's greatest attraction is it twin temples of Ananta Basudev and Hansweshwari.
The Ananta Basudev temple was built by Raja Rameshwar Dutta in 1679 AD. It has eight distinct pointed domes. The intricate sculpture work and the terracotta combination is a sight to behold. Events from the Ramayana and Mahabharata has been depicted by unknown sculptors of that age. The main temple has an Idol of Lord Vishnu, while the surrounding rooms has Lord Shiva Lingam.
Just beside this temple is the Hansweshwari temple. This temple was started by Raja Nrisingha Dev and was completed by his second wife Shankari, in 1814. The temple is special and unique as it represents the Yoga view of the human body and has five stories representing the five nadis (naris) of the human body, namely era, pingala, brojakha, susumna and chitrini. The worksmanship is unparreled. You will find terracotta work too. It raises to a height of 21 meters, and assumes the shape of a Lotus bud. Has thirteen towers in all. The deity worshiped is Hanseshwari, a form of Kali, who is sitting on a Lotus that has germinated in Lord Shiva's Naval. The deity is built from Neem wood.
How to reach: It is close to Bandel. Just reach Bandel from Kolkata, and take a rickshaw.
Debanandapur: Not very far off is Debanandapur, where Sarat Chandra Chattophadhaya was born. The house is still there, though the ownership have transfered. There is a small museum and library on the author.
Sabuj Dwip or Sabuj Deep: This is a place that was not there in the map prior to 1993. It is an island created by the river ganges and the river behula. It has been developed and promoted jointly by Hoogly Zila parishad and Fisheries department. They have made the place truly green by planting hundreds of saplings of different plants, which have now grown into full fledged trees, and have made a canopy over the island, true to its name. It is one of the best place for a day's outing or a picnic. You can carry the food, or cook the food there, or buy the food from a handful of small shanties there, which seem to have everything.
How to reach: Take train to SomraBazar from Howrah. Reach Sukhariya Jetty Ghat in 10 minutes from the station. Take a motorized or manual boat to reach Sabujdeep. You can also reach Sukharia ghat by a rickshaw from Triveni or Balagarh Rly station.
One can also check out the Ma Anandamayee temple at Somra. It has beautiful carvings and a holy air to itself. There is also the dozen Shiv mandirs, Navratna Nistarini Kali mandir. You can also take a rickshaw to Sripur's Jamindars place, where there is a Durga mandap, and a radha govind's mandir, all carrying craftsmanship of that age (1746 AD).
There is a small fotress too, which has a few more mandirs, among which the twin Shiv mandir is exceptional. Vrinvanchander's mandir is also well known.
Pandua: It is a lost page from history, a historian's delight. Pandua has a history of Hindu rule, which was abolished by the Muslim rulers later. The place is dotteed with temples, dating back to ages like the 1106 AD. Seventeenth century' pancharatna mandirs are the best known. You find stone deities of Kali, Shiva, Chiv mandirs with intricate work all around, 18th century mandirs, terracotta mandir of Radha Govinda, Anandamayee mandir, Jamindar bari mandirs and many more. There is also the 136 ft. high Vijay stambha built by Sufiuddin after he defeated the Hindu ruler Samanta. It now measures 125 feet, rest being lost to an earth quake. There is also Pandua shariff, a Mosque, where you can see Gazi's axe also called Lord Biswarkarma's axe.
Recently, in 2000, Energy Education park has come up within 2 kms, where you can do picnics, outings and boating.