Photographer's Note

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.)
source: internet/wikipedia

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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 2 N: 690] (4414)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-07-28
  • Categories: Architecture, Artwork
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/40 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2014-08-22 11:41
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