Events OF MURSHIDABAD

No doubt, the history of Murshidabad is pathetic. Though Bengal has been partitioned, yet it is full of events. Through various festivals and ceremonies (both Hindu and Muslim), it is still trying to keep the life-line alive. The people irrespective of their caste and creed, assemble at the ceremonial ground during the festivals.

Mohurram: It is held in the month of Mohurram.

Challisa, Pachasa and Satha : These are the fortieth, fiftieth and sixtieth days and from the day of Mohurram. A long procession with the symbolic corpse, start from the Imarnbara and go up to the Karbala.

The "Beyra" festival of Murshidabad : This festival is celebrated on the last Thursday of the Bengali month of Bhadra. A structure made up of planting-trees and decorated with various colored papers, festoons and lamps. A huge number of people assemble on the eastern bank of the river Bhagirathi on that occasion. A fair is held far only one day, from the morning till mid-night. Many fire-works are displayed while the "Beyra' is floated at about 11.00 P.M. The Beyra (structure) decorated with illuminating lamps while moving on the Gages, wear a splendid look. This festival is being held from the time of Nawab Feradun Jah.

Swanjatra Mela (Kumarpara): A fair is held every year in front of the Radhua Madhab temple at Kumarpara on the occasion of ‘Bathing ceremony' of the deities.

Jhulan-Yatra: A fair on the occasion of Jhulan-Yatra is held every year in front of the Nashipur Rajbari. A fair is also held for two days on the occasion of Chariot festival commonly known as "Ratha-Yatra". The fair sits from mid-day till the car (Rath) is drawn up and en s after night-fall. On the occasion of ‘Jhulan-Yatra’, a fair is also held in front of the Juffragunj Baro Akhra when artistes of ‘Yatra-parties’ come from Calcutta to perform their dramas for 2/3 nights. A good many people from far-off villages come over to Nashipur Akhra for witnessing the ‘Yatras’.

Rash Yatra: A big fair used to be held for a fortnight in front of the Cossimbazar Rajbati on the occasion of Rash Yatra. Many deities depicting the role in the Ramayana and Mahabharata were displayed o this occaasion. There were a good congregation of pilgrims form far-off villages who also used to come over Murshidabad to pay a visit to the Murshidabad Hazarduari Place along with other places of historical importance.

Bishnupur Kali Bari: Every year, a fair is held on each Tuesday and Saturday in front of Bishupur Kali Bari in Cossimbazar. A mela is organised all around the Kali temple for about a month when the merchants and petty businessmen stock sufficient number of toys. Utensils, clothes etc. for sale. The sweet-meat vendors also prepare varieties of sweets including ‘Rabri’ and ‘Malai’ for sale to the pilgrims who offer them to the Deity.

Kiriteswari Kali Temple : A fair is held every year on each Tuesday of the month of Pous at the Kiriteswari Kali temple situated on the Western bank of the river Bhagirathi about 5 K.M. off from the river bank. This fair also attracts a good many pilgrims as well as young men and women who go there with a purpose of holding picnic. People come back from there after dusk.

Jagat Bandhu Dham Mela: Every year, in the month of Baisakh on the occasion of Prabhu Jagat Bandhu Sundar, a mela (fair) is held at the jagat Bandhu Ashram. Thousands of pilgrams and devotees besides the disciples of the Ashram congregate there to witness the Lord. ‘Kirtan' songs are held for 24-hours for days together and the people, have ‘Prosad’' at mid-day. Necessary precautionary measures are taken by the administration against criminal activities there during the festival.

Smasan-ghat Mela : Every year, Mela (fair) is held at the Lalbagh cremation-ground (Samsan-ghat) for a week from 22nd Jaistha when many pilgrims come over to the Cremation-ground to have a glimpse of the 'Kali Temple' and other surrounding belts.