Terracotta of Dwarhatta
A bus from Kolkata running from Arambagh- Bankura – Bishnupur will drop you at Gajar More, 6kms from Haripal, Hooghly. Taking the road at the left from Gajar more, the village is just 1.5 km trip. The place remains hot and sunny throughout the year, though the trees will protect you to some extent. This village, some 40 kms from Kolkata, will greet you with calls of myriad birds like Bene-bou, Bou-katha-kou etc.
The entire village is dotted with terracotta temples and according to the local legend -Fateh Singh acquired the zamindary of the village from the kings of Bardhaman. Pannalal Singharoy established the terracotta Rajrjeshwari-Shiva temple standing on 8 pylons in the Bengali year of 1135. Scenes from Indian mythology, Ramayana, misadventures of Krishna-Radha, find a place on temple walls. On a closer observation, discreet pictures of then-prevalent social system come up too. The 2 adjoining Shiva temples in the extreme state of decay are still magnificent. The archeological survey of India has recognized the site as a heritage site. Since then attempts have been made to restore the temple.
The village also has a temple with Dwarika Chandi as the presiding duty. The temple, conserved recently, hosts a large puja and a fair every year. People from distant places, throng on that day for religious festivities. The weekly village market which assembles on the banks of river Kana is also a spectacle which you should experience, especially on Sundays when the traffic of fowls makes the place choc-a-bloc.
Article: Sujit Sengupta, English version by Kush