The Kartick Puja of Halder family of 15, Ramanath Kabiraj Lane has reached its centenary this year. It started in the year 1918 by Rakhal Das Halder (1896-1955). The family performs Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Jaggadhatri Puja, Kartick Puja and SaraswatiPuja out of which only Goddess Jaggahatri is worshipped in the thakurghar situated upstairs.
In the eighteenth century, Robert Clive invited Ramanath Mondal and Manick Mondal to settle in Calcutta. They settled around the banks of Adi Ganga in the modern day Chetla/Tollygunge area. The Mondals constructed many temples along the banks of Adi Ganga. The tallest among the temples there is the Radhakanta Temple of 1, Mondal Temple Lane.
The worship of Goddess Kali, it is believed, became popular only in the eighteenth century in Bengal. But the worship of the goddess continued in the households of bonedi families of Calcutta even before the eighteenth century. One such family is the Halder family of Calcutta (now Kolkata).
Ganga is a sacred river of India. The lower course of the river was somewhat different from what it is today. At a place near Tribeni (in Hooghly district of West Bengal), the river branched into three waterways – Saraswati (in south west direction), Jamuna (in south east direction) and Hooghly (in the middle).
Located just 48 km from Howrah, in Howrah-Bandel-Katwa line, there is a station called Bansberia in Hooghly district of West Bengal. Bansberia is a municipal town. The town’s importance is religious owing to its proximity to Tribeni, or the confluence of three rivers – Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswati. Bansberia is famous for two temples – Hanseswari Temple and Ananata Basudev Temple. Both of them are situated in the same temple complex.
Semaphore (seema – sign and phoros – carrying) telegraphic system conveys information through visual signals using towers with shutters. Signals were transferred from one tower to another by means of telescope. The information is encoded.