|Address:||X2CF+3MH, Srikrishnapur, West Bengal 712402|
|How to go:||
By Local transport
One can get Tarakeswar or Arambagh local from Howrah and reach down to Tarakeswar by 1 and half hours. Then you can get local bus for Dasghara from the adjacent bus stand of the railway station. 15 km will be covered by 45 min by a local bus. Then you may hire a toto by bargaining, which takes around 250 to 300 rs and visit the 4 mansions.
|Pros:||Good communication, local food shop and market available|
|What to visit ?||
|Company:||Family and friends|
|Minimum day/time to visit:||1 full day|
|Expenses:||Max 500 per head (Share basis), solo by local transport 200 max|
|More Information:||Dasghara is one of those single day destinations which can be accessible easily by local transport. I have already mentioned the way of going there by local transport. Basically this kind of zamindar houses looks very live and beautiful during Durga pujas as all the family members gets assembled there for a week after waiting long one year. If you visit other times, you will find silence. and few of those cannot be accessible due to the permission issues from the caretaker followed by the owner. Those mansions may be ruined badly or maintained well, it speaks a lot if one connects. So we will be talking in brief about the four zamindar mansions of Dasghara in below section.
Roy bari Durga Puja - We came to know Bipinkrishna Roy was the one who built this mansion along with the huge European style gateway with an octagonal clock tower on the top. The giant clock was manufactured by J M Das & bro, Calcutta. Mr. Roy was a notable businessman in that area, also he built a clinical during 1915 which you can find on the right hand once you enter to the giant gate. Dasghara post office is located exactly opposite to it. Few meter ahead there is a huge pond which has been named as Sri Sri Krishna Roy Jheel. Next you will find a Rashmancha and a Natmancha on the left. The wall of the Rashmancha describes floral pattern followed by European style and also European soldiers, stucco is clearly found on the wall of Natmancha. During Rash festival this area become very crowded. Leaving this area on left if you step forward you will find the main mansion with unique decorations along with eye soothing color combination i.e. light yellow and green on the outside wall. In front of the main gate of the thakur dalan there is a huge pond where local people sit and talk to get some relaxation. Inside of the Thakur dalan on the top there is a huge blue color gorgeous looking shade which attracts people the most. Color of the wall is white along with colourful floral decorations of stucco. The entire area represents various god and goddesses framed in series one after another. Best time to visit this place during Durga puja. It become so live that time.
Biswas Bari Durga dalan - The mansion was built during 1800 by Sadananda Biswas. There is a big pond in front of the mansion called Gopisagar, by the name of their own family temple Gopinath Jieu temple. We will continue this topic shortly. The reflection of the mansion on Gopisagar is always been an attraction for all the visitors. Beside the pond, there is an entrance which starts with a big monument, a lion statue on top. People say it was the main gate once, during time it has been ruined. Moving aged you will find Nahabatkhana, Shiva temple, Collectors house, Dol mancha and a Octagonal Rashmancha. During Rathayatra and Rash Purnima this land of history become the most busiest area of the whole village. After the entrance of the main mansion, there is one big Natmancha along with adjacent thakur dalan. White Maroon and green are the color combination of this mansion. The speciality of its Durga idol is here maa Durga holds 4 hands and instead of Laxmi and Saraswati, Ganesh and Kartik stand exactly next to both side of maa Durga. The face of the idol is unique and it holds your eyes for long time. Another special attraction of this mansion is Gopinath Jieu terracotta temple which is the oldest temple in this area. It is situated on the back side of the Durga dalan. The family deity Gopinath Jieu has been devoted everyday by their own family priests. Being a family property, the temple remains maintained in well manner. This is a Pancharatna or 5 spires temple, with maroon color wall and slightly white patch. There is another natmancha present in front of the Gopinath Jieu temple.
Bose bari durga mandir - One of the oldest generation of Basu family was Mathura Nath Basu who used to live in Jessore Bangladesh. During Mughal period Pratapaditya was the Mughal vassal of Jessore. His commander was Mathuranath’s friends. That time Sismapal Choudhury was the raja of this region. During Mughal empire Bakhtiyear Khilji attack in Nabadwip, pal Choudhury were escaped to Jargram, a nearby village of present Dasghara. Jargram is also a village comes under 10 villages or Ghara from which the name of the village turns Dasghara. That time Mughal empire handed over the 10 villages to Mathura Nath Basu. Along with him, the same custom of Durga puja which used to held in Jessore, brought up here in DASGHARA Basu family. In 2021 this puja turns 420 years of old Durga Puja and this is probably one of the oldest Durga Puja in DASGHARA.
Bose para durga mandir - Most of the people know about the the above 3 zamindar bari Durga Puja. But there is another 400 years old Durga Puja held every year nearby that area. That is Bose para Durga mandir. In the memory of Sisir Bose this puja this Durga Dalan has been built earlier and on the memory of Haradhan Bose it has been renovated in bengali year 1392. This is actually a Chandi Mandap. Maa Durga is Saffron here and the face art is a bit different than others or a bit similar to Roy’s mansion. Due to the lack of information, this mandap remains peaceful and crowd less during puja itself. But the local people maintain all the rituals time to time. Don’t miss that out.