|Address:||Konnagar Prantika, Grand Trunk Rd, Konnagar, West Bengal 712235|
|How to go:||By Road:
Take any bus which is going towards Bally Ghat from airport or from Dhulagarh, get down and take toto for Konnagar through GT road. People who are coming from Bandel side, they can use local train.
Take any train of Howrah main line. get down in Konnagar railway station. You can navigate from there itself.
|Pros:||Easy to communicate, easy to locate, availability of market and shops|
|Cons:||Being a congested area, people who wants to travel by car that will be a problem for them to park roam around by car, probably lack of reliable food shop|
|What to visit ?||
|Company:||Solo or friends|
|Minimum day/time to visit:||2/3 hours|
|Locality:||Town and a municipality of Hooghly district|
|More Information:||Konnagar is one of the oldest municipality area which comes under Hoogly district. Being a very old city it has ample of old architecture which are worthy visiting. Like Uttarpara it can also be roamed around through local transport. Being residing adjacent to the Hoogly river, there are many old ghats which can be good to visit anytime. Few of those are so good that local people visit there every day. For example Panchu Dutta ghat, Baro Temple ghat etc. most of the ghats are having Maa Kali temples. Local priests worship them daily basis. Konnagar has its own ferry ghat, so it’s been an advantages for local people to cross the river via ferry. And for visitors, they can roam around through the ferry if they wish to.
One of the most famous temples in Konnagar is Sakuntala Kali temple. Local people put theirs deepest faith to the deity. The temple is not an ancient one but it has its own importance. In Baishakh ( Bengali Month ), the Maa Kali idol has been made and worship on the same day and immersed also in the same day. Rest of the year the slab remains empty. Once numerous goats has been sacrificed on that auspicious day. Now a days the number of sacrifice gets decreased. But local people comes to the temple every single day and worship as their own.
Panchu Dutta ghat is a famous one to explore. On the starting of the lane there is a small Jagannath temple in right hand. The idol Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra is very beautifully decorated, and one will feel inner peace by seeing them. There is one Charriot placed in front of the entrance. During Rath Yatra it has been been used. On the way towards the ghat there are 2 big Shiva temple in left hand. The area is covered with big shade trees and the area is very peaceful. In the ghat area there is one Maa Smasan Kali temple on the left and on the right there is a Ramakrishna temple and a small cremation ground. On the left of the ghat there is another shiva temple and big tress are planted. On the wall of the ghat there are rhymes written by famous persons. The color theme of this ghat is orange which gives positivity all the time. Everyday local priests does worship to all the temples. The entire ambience is very much peacefully, one can meditate on the morning, roam around and spend time alone or with friends. Just for your information Das Mahasay sweet shop is situated on the main road exactly in opposite of lane of Panchu Dutta ghat entrance.
Another beautiful ghat among all is Baro Mandir ghat (12 temples ghat). On the entrance there is one big shaded area where people can take rest and both side on right and left there are 6+6 total 12 Shiva temples facing east and the Hoogly river. Color of the temples are combination of yellow and red. Afternoon time or in any occasion like Shivratri this place become overcrowded by local people. In this ghat area also there is one small Jagannath temple. One can spend desired time by sitting on the bank of the Hoogly river. It is situated besides the GT road so it causes an easy communication.