"Kamarpukur and Joyrambati" Kamarpukur by imukhopadhyay
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The villages of Kamarpukur, Sripur and Mukundapur, in West Bengal, stand so close to one another in the shape of a triangle at the junction of the districts of Hooghly, Bankura and Midnapore, that they have become known from very early times as different parts of the village of Kamarpukur. The name of Kamarpukur became prominent, probably because the local landlords had lived in it for many generations. It is situated in the Arambagh Sub-division of the Hooghly District. A mile to the north of Kamarpukur, is situated the village of Bhursubo where a well-to-do person named Manik Raja lived. The renowned tanks of Sukhasayer and Hatisayer excavated by him as also the mango-grove now almost extinct in the nearby meadows, testify to some of his noteworthy acts. Three miles to the west, is Jayrambati, the village in which the Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi was born. On the western border of Kamarpukur, the canal Bhutir-Khal flows in a zig-zag course from the north to the south and joins the Amodar river at a little distance.
It was at Kamarpukur which is adorned with the beauty of nature and evergreens, that Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna was born. With his advent and on account of the frequent visits of his disciples, this hamlet has become a place of pilgrimage. Thousands of devotees visit it every year from the various parts of the world and get spiritually refreshed and elevated.
Through the help of the devotees and the management, and of the monks of the Ramakrishna Order, the beautiful temple of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna, with his marble statue installed in it, was built in 1951 at Kamarpukur. With the construction of guest houses, a library, a dispensary and schools and the re-excavation of the tank called Haldarpukur, as also with the development of the surroundings, the place has really become one of the beauty-spots in the whole locality.
The signs of ancient prosperity are still visible everywhere at Kamarpukur. A number of ponds, tanks and old buildings and dilapidated temples still bear witness to its old glory. In olden days Kamarpukur, surrounded by extensive fields, looked like an island floating in a vast sea of green. Apart from agriculture, it was noted for cottage industries also. Sweet-meats like ]ilapi and Nabat, hookah pipes of ebony, yarns, towels, cloth, etc., were prepared here and sent out for sale to Calcutta as well as to nearby markets. To this day, in the month of Chaitra (March- April), Kamarpukur reverberates with songs during the worship of Goddess Manasa and festival of Siva, and in the following month, devotional choral songs of Hari are sung for three days at a stretch. Even now people belonging to the different strata of society live in peace in the tranquil atmosphere of the village.
Jayrambati is located within the jurisdiction of Kotalpur Police Station in the Subdivision of Vishnupur in the District of Bankura, West Bengal (India) and is comparatively prosperous in relation to other neighbouring villages. It stands about three miles to the west of Kamarpukur and two miles to the east of Sihar - the birthplace of Hridayrama Mukhopadhyaya, a nephew of Sri Ramakrishna. One is to cross the rivulet Amodar and a vast open field to reach the village of Deshra which ties to the north of Jayrambati. Vishnupur and Arambagh are located at a distance of twenty-seven miles and about twelve miles and a half respectively from Jayrambati.
The natural scenery of Jayrambati is very charming. This village, surrounded on all sides by green pastures, untrimmed meadows, trees and shrubs, breathes a typical rural atmosphere. The area, that extends for about half a mile between this village and the Amodar, is very fertile and yields all kinds of vegetables and other agricultural products. After the birth of the Holy Mother, who was the veritable embodiment of Lakshmi - the Goddess of Fortune, the village began to show distinct signs of prosperity and profusion which were not so much in evidence before her advent. The main source of irrigating the nearby cultivable lands is the big lake called 'Mother's Tank' where the visitors and the village-folk take their bath and get refreshed. It is said that the Holy Mother in her girlhood used to cut aquatic grass for cows in neck-deep water from this very tank. At present water is supplied to this reservoir from the river Amodar by means of an electric pump and is utilized for the irrigation of the surrounding fields for the purpose of cultivation.
There is, besides, another tank called 'Barujjey Pukur' (i.e. Banerji's tank) which lies On the south-eastern corner of this village and is surrounded with palmyra trees. Since after the birth of the Holy Mother, this picturesque village with its sacred traditions has become one of the most holy places of pilgrimage in the world. On one occasion, the Holy Mother, after touching the dust of this place with her forehead, remarked, 'One's own mother and the land of birth are even far superior to Heaven.'
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