a Sub-Divisional town. It is 30 km South-West of Berhampore by road. Here
the Kandi Palace houses the palatial temple of Radha Ballabha. The
temple of Ruppur is also worth seeing. In the police station compound,
the very rare and ancient sculpture of the Boirochana incarnation of Buddha
having snakes around His neck should not be missed. Jemo
is the birthplace of the famous essayist and friend of Tagore, Ramendrasundar Trivedi. In
his house are preserved things used
by Trivedi. The Baghdanga temple complex of Shiva with the main temple
Kaleeshwara is also nearby.
Here Panchthupi is an old
village 15 km South of Kandi. It has remnants of a Buddhist Vihara called
Barokonar Deul dating back to the Pala Dynasty. The Panchayatan
(locally known as Nabaratna) Shiva temple in the middle of the village
is unique in its architectural style in the whole of West Bengal. The
Jor-Bangla Shyamsundar Temple and the magnificent Singhavihani Temple
should also be visited.
"Shripatha" is a hand-written Gita, said to be in the handwriting of Shri Chaitanya. It can be seen in the Radha-Gopinatha Temple of Bharatpur, thirteen km from Kandi. Shri Gadadhar Goswami, a close companion of Shri Chaitanya, has established this temple. Nearby is Salar village, where one finds signs of a once thriving Muslim and Hindu cultures. Banwari temple of Banwaribad built in the Mughal style is near Salar and attracts many devotees.
in the town of Berhampore
is a square field surrounded by old barracks, now Govt. buildings. One
of them is the college of Textile Technology. Nearby is the Krishnath
College, established in 1853, even earlier than the University of Kolkata
worth seeing for its European architectural style. Other places of interest
are the Central Sericulture Institute, the Bhagirathi Milk Project, Zilla
Parishad Bhawan, the cemetery of Burmese King Thibo, the Karbala Mosque
and the Khagra market area, buzzing with bell-metal utensils shops.
The British Cemetery in
is where Mary, the first wife of WarrenHastings and their baby daughter
Elizabeth lie here. Other attractions are the Dutch
Cemetery, the Cossimbazar Rajbari and the Chhoto Rajbari.
Sargachhi Ramakrishna Mission Ashram is on the way to Kolkata on the NH-34 10 km South of Berhampore. It was established in 1897 by Swami Akhandananda, a direct disciple of Shri Ramakrishna, even before the Belur Math was established.
The tomb of Mirmadan, the faithful general of Nawab Siraj-ud-Doula, killed in the battle of Plassey is at Faridpur village 3 km West of Rejinagar Police Station.
Sagardighi is about 30 km North-West of Berhampore by Road. It has many remains of the Pala Dynasty of Bengal. There is a lake of the same name here, which is the largest in the District. It was excavated during the Pala period. Sekherdighi is another large lake excavated by Hossain Shah. Other places of interest are the beautiful Kherur Mosque, the ruins of the palace of Hossain Shah at Chandpara and the Chandanbati temple.