"Kalna - A Sleepy Town With Terracota Dream" Kalna by hellofromsatadru
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Ambika Kalna or simply Kalna is a small municipal town in Bardhaman Dist in West Bengal. Though it is headquarter of the Kalna Subdivision still it is not so popular with the tourists. But if someone likes to enjoy the flavor of by gone era, the rich cultural heritage of Bengal, then Kalna might me one of the many place is Bengal to visit for. It is a town which is situated on the west bank of the river Bhagirathi. The place derives its name from the very popular Goddess Kali here, known as Devi Ambika or Maa Ambika of Shiddeshwari Kali Bari, located at a stone thrown distance from the river Bhagirathi. There are a numerous temples found in the entire town of Kalna, scattered around the entire town. Some of them are very popular and hence well maintained and some of them are not so popular hence require a lot of maintenance. But all of them are worth visiting, because most of them are richly decorated with the terracotta work - which is a special type of art of Bengal, where the temples are decorated with the burnt clay idols. They are not only a work of art but also depict the life of peoples about hundreds of years ago.
Most of the popular temples like 108 Shiv Temples or the Nava Kailash, the Pratapeshwar Shiv Temple, The Lalji Temple, The Krishnachandra Temple, The Rash Mancha all are situated at the or near to the Rajbari Complex or the Palace Complex. Though not much have been left of the rajbari or palace except the boundary wall, a cannon and a gate way, the temples of this area are well maintained and they are well illuminated at night also. Still one can perform the puja ceremony in these temples. The Gopalbari Temple is situated on the Bhaduri para, and the Siddheshwari Temple and the Anantabashudev Temple are situated by the banks of river Bhagirathi. One day is enough to visit all these places. One can travel by a rickshaw (a local tri cycle) or by foot. The entire trip will not take more than 3 to 4 hrs. I'll recommend traveling the entire town by foot, because it will give you a nice feeling of the place. You will be able to feel the pulse of a small sleepy town of Bengal. A visit to Kalna will be a lifetime experience to cherish for the rest of ones life.
Kalna is about 135 km away from Kolkata the capital of West Bengal and 60 km from the Bardhaman the district headquarters. It is well connected with the Howrah and has a frequent local train to travel for; it takes about 2 hrs to reach Kalna from the Howrah. Kalna is linked to important cities of South Bengal by road. The main bus stand is situated beside the STKK Road. Many private local and long route express buses are available. There is a Govt. bus depot of South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC). Long distance express buses, connecting various cities (Asansol, Durgapur, Bardhaman, Bankura, Dumka, Digha, Malda, Bishnupur, Balurghat etc.) of West Bengal and Jharkhand, are in service from SBSTC bus depot. Bus services are available for Krishnanagar, Shantipur, Phulia and Ranaghat from Kalna Ghat bus stand on the bank of Bhagirathi River.
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