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JUHI CHAWLA AND KKR TEAM VISITED JAGAT MUKHERJEE PARK, KOLKATA

Kolkata: Juhi Chawla along with KKR Team arrived Kolkata for the Inaugural Events of Jagat Mukherjee Park Durga Puja Committee yesterday.

On Maha Panchami Evening at about 3:30 Pm Juhi Chawla the present partner at Kolkata Knight Riders ( KKR ) Team arrived Kolkata for the promotional activities at Jagat Mukherjee Park.

Jagat Mukherjee Park is one of the famous Durga Puja stated in North Kolkata and their theme for this year is ” Ganga Darshan e Kashi Rudra Tirtha Varanasi ”

Dashashwamedh Ghat is known as the main ghat in Varanasi. It is located close to Vishwanath Temple and is probably the most spectacular ghat. Two Hindu theologies are associated with it: According to one, Lord Brahma created it to welcome Lord Shiva.

Ghats in Varanasi are riverfront steps leading to the banks of the River Ganges. The city has 87 ghats. Most of the ghats are bathing and puja ceremony ghats, while a few are used as cremation sites. Most Varanasi ghats were built after 1700 AD, when the city was part of Maratha Empire. Many ghats are associated with legends or mythologies while many ghats are privately owned. 

In 1778-1785 Kevalagiri Ghat was extended and was completely re-built by the patronage of Queen Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar of Madhya Pradesh. In honour and memory the ghat is named after her. There is a palace and residential district inside the compound. The service court is situated in front of the palace, which continues down towards the ghat built on the Ganga River. In addition to the palace, there is a huge residential compound and a Hanuman temple and also the two temples at the ghat. In the open porch and the veranda of the Hanuman temple there are many divine images. The Shiva temple in the upper part, is built on the raised roof.

Assi Ghat is known for being a place where long-term foreign students, researchers or tourists live. It is one of ghats often visited for recreation and during festivals. About 300 people visit Assi Ghat every hour in the mornings on typical days and on festival around 2500 people arrive per hour. The ghat accommodates about 22,500 people at once during festivals like Shivratri. Accorking to a belief, goddess Durga after slaining demon Shumbha- Nishumbha had thrown her sword. The place, where sword had fallen resulted in flowing of big stream known as asi river. The on confluence place of river Ganga and Asi known as Assi ghat.

Sridhara Narayana Munshi, a finance minister in the estate of Nagpur had built this ghat and partly the palatial building. It was called Munshi ghat after his name. In 1915 the Brahmin king of Darbhanga bought this ghat and developed in the form of Darbhanga Ghat. The palatial building is made of sandstone with a beautiful porches and Greek pillars. In 1994 the Darbhanga palace was bought by the Clarks Hotel Group, who named it as Brajrama Palace, and planned to transform it into five star hotel. They have already demolished almost half of the structure from the back. Thanks to some activist organization which with the support of local people and judiciary presently stopped the demolishing and conversion process into hotel.

The lower portion of Causatthi Ghat was built in 1830 by the king of Digapatiya that is how this is known as Digpatia Ghat. A beautiful and architecturally designed palace was built by the king at the ghat is an example of Bengali art and style. There are porches on both sides of the palace. This ghat had privilege to provide shelter to a great Sanskrit scholar, Madhusudan Sarasvati. In the temple compound there are old images of Kali, folk goddesses, Shiva, Ganesha and Kartikeya. Among the 64 Yogini images, that are considered to be the most ancient group of goddesses, only 16 presently exist in Varanasi. Two of them are on the steps of the ghat. On 12th dark-half of Caitra (March-April) many pilgrims pay visit to the Yogini temple and take ritual bath at this ghat. Another important occasion is the evening on the day of Holi when homage ritual is performed at the ghat.

Ganga Mahal Ghat is one of the main ghats in Varanasi. It was constructed in 1830 CE by the Narayan dynasty and was originally constructed as an extension to Assi Ghat. The palace was called “Ganga Mahal”. Since the Mahal was housed on the ghat, the ghat was named “Ganga Mahal Ghat”. There are stone steps between Assi Ghat and Ganga Mahal Ghat which separates them. This palace is now used by the educational institutions. The first floor is used by the “World Literacy program of Canada” and the upper floors are used by the “Indo-Swedish Study Centre” organized by Karlstad University.

Earlier this was part of the Dashashvamedha Ghat. In 1979 in memory and honor of Rajendra Prasad, the first president of India, this was named after him and made pucca by the Municipal Corporation of Varanasi. According to Kashiprasad Jaiswal, in the 3rd century CE the Bharshiva Naga kings had performed horse sacrifice ritual. Servants and the main horse took bath at this site, thus the name “Ghoda” (horse) ghat. Till 1958 at the bank there was a huge image of the horse. It is believed that this horse-image is shifted to Sankatamocan temple from where it is vanished, and yet no trace has been found. It is also notable that during 7th-19th century this was a known site for the marketing of horses; for transporting horses boats were used. Till early 1980s this ghat was also used as the ferry station dealing with the business of wood, sand and stone plates. The renovation and restructuring were done in 1984 by the government of Uttar Pradesh. Pilgrims take bath here too but their number is negligible. On the upper portion in the vicinity, there are three shrines of Durga, Rama Pancayatana and Shiva. The newly built stage for cultural performance there no way fits to the heritage tradition, but to shift or demolish such structure is rather impossible in the present political set up. On the name of promoting tourism it turned to the loss of heritage. It is expected that by the support of active people participation, awareness to save the age-old rich heritage, and development under the Master Plan the ghat heritage will be protected and conserved for the better befit to the society.

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