Hangseshwari Temple…A hidden gem near Kolkata

Abhishek

After visiting many places in Kolkata, I wanted to explore some place a little outside Kolkata which can be covered in a day.After some reading, I came to know about Hangseshwari Temple,also known as Hanseshwari Temple which is a castle-like structure and resembles the St. Basil’s Cathedral Of Russia, located just about 50 km from Kolkata in Bansberia inside the Hooghly district.

Hangseshwari Temple
Hangseshwari Temple

How to Reach…

The temple is located in Bansberia in Hooghly District.It can be reached easily by rail or road. I took the local train to Bansberia Station on Howrah-Katwa line and reached the temple by walking and exploring the village for about 15 minutes. However, you can also reach easily by TOTO, a battery operated small vehicle.Rickshaws are also available.

This temple is of Goddess Hangseshwari,who is believed to be a manifestation of Goddess Kali.A classic example of a Hindu tantrik temple design,this five storeyed structure was completed in 1814 by Sankari, the wife of zamindar Nrisingha Deb Roy, who died after he had started the construction .The deity idol is composed by carving blue neem wood on a stand of lotus.The height of this structure is 21 m. This temple has 13 minarets whose peak is shaped like a lotus bud. the temple is based on the structure of a human anatomy – Ira, Pingala, Bajraksha, Sushumna and Chitrini.

Hangseshwari Temple
Hangseshwari Temple
Hangseshwari Temple
Hangseshwari Temple

In the sanctum of this temple are Lord Shiva and goddess Shakti who is called Hangseshwari and is found to be lying on six triangular marbles on which Lord Shiva is lying. The idol of goddess Shakti is in blue color and made up of wood of neem tree while the idol of Lord Shiva is made up of white marble.

Idol of goddess inside  Hangseshwari Temple
Idol of goddess inside Hangseshwari Temple

A Shivlinga is also placed in the temple.

Shivlinga inside Hangseshwari Temple
Shivlinga inside Hangseshwari Temple

The temple looks beautiful in the evening when it is lit properly.

Lighted Hangseshwari Temple during evening
Lighted Hangseshwari Temple during evening

Beside the Hangseshwari temple, lies the Anant Basudev temple, constructed by Rameshwar Datta in 1679.It is decorated with richly carved intricate terracotta panels.It follows the typical eka ratna style of Bengal Temple Architecture, and the is crowned with an octagonal single pinnacle.The terracota works depict stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata, leelas of Krishna with some religious figures.

Anant Basudev temple
Anant Basudev temple
Anant Basudev temple
Anant Basudev temple
Intricate details of Anant Basudev temple
Intricate details of Anant Basudev temple
Intricate details of Anant Basudev temple
Intricate details of Anant Basudev temple
Intricate details of Anant Basudev temple
Intricate details of Anant Basudev temple
Arches inside Anant Basudev temple
Arches inside Anant Basudev temple
Details of Anant Basudev temple
Details of Anant Basudev temple
Details of Anant Basudev temple
Details of Anant Basudev temple

Next to the temples are beautiful gardens and the mansion of Datta Roy.The temple is closed in the afternoon.If you are planning to visit, it is better to visit in the morning before ten or after four in the evening.You can buy some pictures and books related to the temple from inside of the temple.Outside the temple,is a small market from where you can buy flowers and some toys and snacks.

Way to the Temple from Bansberia Railway Station…

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