Bhukailash Temple is one of the most interesting heritages of Kolkata – both culturally and architecturally. The tale of Bhukailash Temple goes a long time back, to the 18th century. Maharaja Joynarayan Ghoshal, in memory of his parents, founded the two Shiva lingams named Raktakamaleshwar and Krishnachandeshwar, and the temple of his kulodevi, Patitpabani, on the banks of Lake Shivaganga inside his palace at Khidderpore. The Bhukailash Shiva lingam is said to be the tallest in India.
Years of abject disregard for this historical monument and lack of administrative initiatives transformed it into a state of derelict. Kolkata Municipal Corporation, as a part of its multifaceted programme to restore the old glory of Bhukailash Temple, including the water body and palace, implemented a holistic plan. The total project cost Rs 2 crore. On Sunday, February 15, Sovan Chatterjee, the Mayor of Kolkata, inaugurated the restored and beautified Bhukailash premises in the presence of Firhad Hakim, Minister for Urban Development and Town & Country Planning. With Bhukailash Temple in its new avatar, Kolkata gets another reason for its pride.
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