Murshidabad – The Land of the Legendary ‘Siraj-ud-dullah’ Unveiled

Trip Taken from June – 10th to 12th - 2006

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Murshidabad, named after the famed Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, the Dewan of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, served as the last capital of independent Bengal till the same was shifted to Calcutta, the present day – Kolkata, in 1773 AD. With the quench of knowing Bengal’s Glorious days, and not visiting Murshidabad and its surrounds, will be a sure case of incompleteness towards any tourist’s handbook.

So just after wrapping our tour across the Ancient Citadels of Gour and Pandua in Maldah, we decided to complete the chapter, with a journey throughout the ages of the ‘Nawabi’ times to Murshidabad. The city, famous for its Silk crafts and architectural splendors, served as the Capital of Bengal from 1717 AD onwards, before the last and the most famed Nawabs – Siraj-Ud-Dullah lost in the historic battle fields of Plassey to the traitor-ship of Mir Jaffar and the British infantry of Robert Clive in the year - 1757.

More description to come soon...


The Battlefield of Plassey or Palashi - Monument




Bhagirathi - The Life Line of Murshidabad Zone




Kiriteswari Mandir - One of the 51 Sati Piths




Temple of Vaishnavites - Prabhu Jagabandhu Sundar at Dahapara




Chaar Bangla temple Complex - Azimganj




Bhabanishwar Temple - AzimGanj




Khosh Bagh - The Tomb of Siraj-ud-dullah




Jahan Kosha Cannon




Katra Masjid




Footi Mosque - Built by Sarfraz Khan




Azimunnesa Begum's Tomb




Jafargunj Cemetery




Nimak Haram Deori - The Traitor's Gate




Hazar Duari Palace Museum




Bacchawali Cannon or Tope




Saitabad Palace




Ghanta Ghar near Tripolia Gate




Motijheel




Dutch Cemetery - Cossimbazar




Cossimbazar Old Palace




The New Palace - Cossimbazar




Kathgola Bagan Complex




The Jain Temple of Lord Aadinaath in the Kathgola Palace Garden




Nasipur Palace - Resembling the Hazar Duari Palace Architecture




Spectrum of Ancient Colours at Nasipur Palace


Acknowledgements: • Subhabrata Chattopadhyay, for a Wonderful Company. • Hotel White House – Murshidabad. • Sanjib – Our Driver and Guide in Murshidabad.

Acknowledgements::

1. Subhabrata Chattopadhyay, for a Wonderful Company.
2. Hotel White House – Murshidabad.
3. Sanjib – Our Driver and Guide in Murshidabad.


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Ambarish Goswami
Last Revised March 1, 2007