Terracotta in Antpur

Antpur is a village in Jangipara community development of the Srirampore subdivision in Hooghly District in West Bengal.  In Antpur, there are many temples, built by wealthy jamindars in the eighteenth century. It is one of the ancient and beautiful places in Hooghly district.

The most famous temple in Antpur is that of Radhagovindjiu with terracotta carvings from all the 18 puranas. This 100 feet temple was constructed by Krishna Ram Mitra, the Diwan of Bardhaman Raj in 1786. There is the goddess Durga whose worship had been revived by Nabakrishna Deb of Shovabazar Rajbari in 1757. It is said that the temple was built to enthuse the Hindus.

Besides the main temple of Radhagovindjiu, there are temples of Gangadhara, Fuleswara, Rameswara, Jaleswara and Baneswara. In Antpur Swami Vivekananda and eight other disciples of Sri Ramakrishna took their vow of ‘sannyasa’ on 24 December 1886. The Ramakrishna-Premananda Ashram of Antpur has built a temple on the birth-place of Swami Pramananda.

By : Depali Ghosh

Serampore, Hooghly.

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