On the outskirts of Jalpaiguri town, the location pictured here is associated with 'Devi Choudhurani' (roughly: Lady Choudhury) who was famous as a bandit queen. It is believed that this was one of the places where Devi and her mentor, Bhavani Pathak, who led a gang of dacoits, offered prayers to the goddess Kali (the goddess of power).
Legend has it that the gang was associated with the 'Fakir Sanyasi Movement' (Sanyasi and Fakir being Hindu and Muslim ascetics) against the British rule in India in the late 18th century and targeted both the British East India Company and the local landowners, who, they felt, tortured the poor peasants for taxes and crops. Though historians continue to debate and differ on the significance and impact of this violent uprising, Devi Choudhurani and Bhavani Pathak are remembered as heroes by many mainly in the Eastern and the North Eastern India.
Though there was a Kali temple in the compound, it was this small 'temple' (dedicated to Lord Shiva and his daughter Manasa, the Snake Goddess) built partially with and entirely within a giant banyan, that had the atmosphere and feel befitting the legend. The man in the orange outfit was a local devotee. (I didn't make conversation since he did not appear to be in the best of moods.)
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Noel_Byrne (32094) 2014-08-22 11:50
This image has a beautiful title, one that instantly drew me in to see more. What a strange and unusual place this is, I can safely say I have never before seen a temple like this. A fascinating history to the place too. I like that you did include the grumpy man in the scene too. His bright clothing stands out well in the scene, and it is interesting to see a devotee included too. Very nice post, thanks.
pajaran (62506) 2014-08-22 11:50
Interesantan tekst o mestu sa istorijom i opisom, lepo ispricana legenda ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa covekom.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article about the place with a history and description, nice s told the legend ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown the place and the moment with a man.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Silvio1953 (146643) 2014-08-22 12:46
Ciao Satya, great view of little temple with fantastic trees, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
williewhistler (16398) 2014-08-22 12:46
what an interesting note to accompany an equally interesting location,the colourful devotee does add a nice slash of colour to the scene.
The subdued light has helped to reveal the textures and details inside the Temple.Nicely done.
Best regards Les.
ourania (47784) 2014-08-22 13:29
the devotee's mood doesn't look so friendly and his attitude towards the temple seems protective. I think that, under the influence of your note, I see in him a member of the old gang:) His presence is great for your composition, he adds reference and striking contrasting colour. You chose an excellent perspective into this attractive shrine and the clarity of your presentation is superb. You captured mild and pleasing colours throughout this setting. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
emka (100815) 2014-08-22 23:12
Hello Satya, The monk can be in not good mood but provides nice colours accent, it is enough. But what is really impressive here is this magnificent banyan tree. Interesting tiny emple and the head of cobra.Pity for a motobike, but what can be done.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Cricri (121227) 2014-08-23 5:40
Un temple très nature, insolite, intéressant, bien cadrer avec la personne pas sympat aux couleurs attirantes de ces vêtements, bonne note et image magnifique
Nicou (145150) 2014-08-23 6:25
quelle vue avec le petit oratoire au milieu des ces arbres et ce blanc la peinture sur la base des troncs avec les veines cet escalier quel ensemble superbe image et compo.
Bravo et amitié
Sergiom (82815) 2014-08-23 6:39
Très impressionnants ces arbres. On dirait des lianes soudées ensemble pour ne faire qu'un arbre très solide. L'homme en orange est bien placé dans l'image et offre un très beau contraste.
holmertz (54961) 2014-08-23 7:49
There was really no need to strike a conversation with that man as long as he was standing in a perfect position in his remarkably bright clothes. Maybe this was more of a park than a real jungle, but the banyan still creates a superb atmosphere.The grey and green tones of the tree and the stones balance the red and orange dress perfectly. It's a very eye-catching and attractive composiion.
rychem (38121) 2014-08-23 9:10
These trees surrounding the little temple are simply fantastic, very nice photo with perfect composition, the man is an eye catcher and very well placed
lousat (93606) 2014-08-23 15:41
Hi Satya,very interesting long history of this temple in your note,and beautiful capture too,great exposure of the difficult light and fine detail everywhere,the orange man on the right is perfect to complete the composition like a cherry on the cake..ehehe..have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Fis2 (100668) 2014-08-24 3:30
Good POV and colors.
Man add savor of photo.
Have a nice afternoon
jhm (155264) 2014-08-25 4:13
You did very well addition the man, this for the scale.
The trees give with white colour a very special image.
Your picture is very nice made with a high quality.
Very well of colours and nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
abmdsudi (55604) 2014-08-27 21:14
Love how the saffron striking colour attracts the eye straightaway amongst the amazing banyan roots, very long roots indeed! Lovely viewpoint with his look inwards the frame and the juxtaposition lend for a relaxed view leading in to the appealing snake temple. Under the conditions you have taken a decent pleasant photo and record of your visit. Great capture and thks to your related infor notes. Congrats & tfs
mesutilgim (95800) 2014-08-28 2:31
Very nice capture of this shrine taken from a perfect pov. Many interesting notes as well.
TFS and best regards
nikkitta (17066) 2014-09-01 13:06
Interesting, informative note about the place
Good composition with the temple inside the banyan tree and the touch of color given by the devotee
Quite a particular moment, no need to talk with people , may be he was waiting you to go
Well done, enjoy photo and note