The palace echoes the sound of Dhak!

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Subhead: Travelers visiting the Raj Bari might even be able to sense the same joy once they visit the place

KOLKATA

The town of Serampore that lies 30 km north of Kolkata is known for its attributes of cultural diversity. It has a rich history, the place has been showered with all sorts of structures that serve as a way for people to remember the past influences.

The Serampore Rajbari has an interesting set of past events attached to its background. The town is drowned in Danish, Bengali as well as British history, the Raj Bari plays a big role in reflecting the wealth of the esteemed Bengali Culture. The two-storey building also known as the Goswami Rajbari was built by Raghuram Goswami son of Harinarayan Goswami in the early 1800s. A part of the structure is used as a wedding hall while another part is used as District Employment Exchange office. The architecturul style of the palace is commendable, the European influence cannot be denied. The ‘Naatmandir’ which once witnessed the various festivities of the Goswami family is now in a reprehensible condition. The Thakur Dalan is also known to have been the heart of celebrations, for over 300 years Durga Puja was commemorated right here. The place decorated with lights, the sound of ‘dhak’ (instrument) and people dressed in Bengali attires during the Durga Pujas have always sparked a sense of joy in people. Travelers visiting the Raj Bari might even be able to sense the same joy once they visit the place.

The palace remains open from 8 am to 6pm everyday. An e-auto can be availed from the Serampore railway station, it’ll take about 15 mins to reach the Goswami Rajbari. A day trip will be enough to enjoy the beauty of the place.

By Riya

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