Renovation and restoration of Narajole Rajbari
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History of Narajole Rajbari
Narajole is an ancient royal dynasty of Bengal. The royal family traces its origin to the era prior to British Raj. It is said that about 600 years ago, an ancestor, Uday Narayan went hunting in the dense forest. There, he saw an unbelievable sight – a crane was chasing a hawk and suddenly the entire place was lit
up. That very night Uday Narayan dreamt of an idol of Devi Joy Durga made of gold lying inside the jungle. Next morning, he went in search of the place he had dreamt of and found the idol of Joy Durga surrounded by valuable treasures. It was this idol which was brought and still continues to be worshipped in the Joy Durga temple in Narajole thakurbari premises.
Later on, Uday Narayan Ghosh encouraged people to settle down in that area and gradually the jungle was cleared for habitation. After Uday Narayan, Pratap Narayan became the king. The Narajole Fort was built by his son, Yogendra Narayan. His successor Bharat Narayan encouraged growth of agriculture in the area. Kirti Narayan, his son, further expanded the estate.
Narajole and its role in Indian Freedom Movement
Narajole Raj Palace plays an important role in Indian freedom movement. It is said that eminent personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Motilal Nehru, Khudiram Bose, Dr .Bidhan Chandra Roy visited the grand palace. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose delivered a speech in the year 1938 whereas Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy visited the palace in the year 1961, 5 th oct. The former Rajas of Narajole were true patriots. The works of Raja Narendralal Khan and his son Raja Debendralal Khan deserve a special attention. Two members of Narajole Raj Family , Rabindra Lal Khan and Phani Bhushan Khan also received ‘Tamropotro’ . There is a also a street in the name of Raja Debendra Lal Khan ( D.L Khan Road near P.G hospital, Kolkata 7000027).
The Rajbari covers 360-bigha land in Narajole and Lankagarh where the three-storied Raj Palace having 250 rooms besides a 'Hawa Mahal' (ball room) is housed on 60-bigha area surrounded by parikha (ditches) in the interior fort side. The exterior fort spreads over the rest 300 bighas up to Lankagarh, nearly a km away, where the 'Jalhari', outhouse of the Rajas, encircled by parikha, is situated on 100 bighas. Narajole raj Family also donated various plots and wealth for institutional purposes. Some of them are as follows :
Rani Mrinali Prathamik Vidyalaya
Amarendra lal khan girls school
Mohendra Lal Khan boys school
Narendra Lal Khan Womens college
Narajole Raj College
Narajole Mohendra Academy
Narajole Primary health centre.
Why Narajole should be preserved?
In the year The Narajole Rajbari, declared as heritage building by the West Bengal Heritage Commission in 2008, situated in Daspur I block of West Midnapore.
The plots and lands of Narajole Rajbari is in a terrible condition, some of which were renovated by members of Narajole Raj family but most of them are in a poor condition, the structures are crashing down , doors and windows are peeling off due to lack of repair. Narajole is not only rich in history but also a great place for tourism and has a beautiful location for shooting. Recently a hilarious short comedy “ Satyadar Coching” was shot at Narajole raj Bari.
We kindly request our honourable chief Minister to consider our request for renovation of Narajole Raj Palace and make it a eco- tourism place like Jhargram Rajbari.
Context courtesy : Google and Mr. Arijit Khan (Member of Narajole Raj Family )
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