Hansehswari Temple, Hooghly

Hangseshwari temple was constructed by Raja Nrisingha Dev, great grandson of Raja Rameswar Roy in 1799.

Raja Nrisingha Dev was born three months after the death of his father. The then King of Burdwan grabbed most of the property as there was no living heir to throne in Banshberia. Later he retrieved most of his ancestral property. His visit to Varanasi influenced his religious beliefs and he was drawn more towards tantric rituals. But 3 years after the construction started Nrisingha dev died leaving the temple half finished. Nrisingha Dev’s 1st queen committed Sati on his pyre. His 2nd queen Shankari instructed the immediate completion of the temple.

The construction of 70ft. high Hansehswari Temple was completed in 1814 at the cost of Rs. 5,00,000 then. Image of Hansehswari was installed then. Pink stones were brought from Rajasthan. It has a very unique look with 13 towers, each looking like a budding lotus. The temple has 6 floors, we did not get access to any of the higher floors. It looked as if the temple got a facelift very recently.

See the contrast in the architectural styles 4 generations apart. The one on extreme left Anant Vasudev Temple by Raja Rameswar Roy in 1679 and the one on right by his great grand son Raja Nrisingha Dev in 1799. You can read more here: Ancient Wonder

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