Ajodhya Hill and Jharkhand Day 3
How it started
Let’s escape to Nature. My childhood days specially my vacations to my paternal ancestral place near Mandarmoni beach shaped my love for nature. Rural sides attract me. Solitude and desolation enthrals me. So we chose Purulia and Jharkhand on this adventurous move for nature. Springs and falls be the theme this time. Be it sprinkled with histories. Lets enjoy Ajodhya Hill and some Jain Temple.
Thus we continued in our journey to Ajodhya Hills and Jharkhand. Happy to find you again for telling the rest of the story.
Marble Lake or Durga Bera, Purulia, West Bengal
Early morning we went to marble lake the site from where rocks were dug up to build the dams of Ajodhya hill (pahar’s) power project. So many different types of marble and a lake with clean blue water. I collected many stones and rocks for my aquaria.
Bamni Falls, Purulia, West Bengal
Traversed to Bamni falls in the lap of nature. Climbed down enjoying the majesticity of the free flowing water. But was disheartened to see no steps at all at places in comparison with ones in Jharkand. At Odisha & Jharkhand each steps are well built by stone and concrete and with even steel railings at some places. They had men and women cleaning them hourly. We don’t spend on tourism yet crave to earn from it.
Thurga falls was so inaccessible to car we had keep it out from our plan atleast for the time being. Better trek next time we are again to Ajodhya Hills.
Niharika to Chhatni, Lahadungri & Sirkabad, Purulia, West Bengal
One of my wife’s junior from purulia came to visit us at the guest house and we checked out. Obviously he knew the Ajodhya Hill Road to Sirkabad and we descended through that. The view of spiralling roads made us spellbound.
This road was less steep and comparatively less bends, wide and motorable easily. A good place for trekking. We were at Chhatni with fever and less sharper bends. Reaching Lahadungri the bends were little more with a single S Pin bend.
Sirkabad to Pandrama(Panrama)Purulia, West Bengal and Lunch at Tamna
From Sirkabad we moved to Raghunathganj( Gandhabazar) to reach Aharara. We drove Lacchamanpur, Senabana and Misirdih to arraive at Pandrama or Panrama. From there we went to Damda to catch Baghmundi Purulia Road. We had our lunch at a roadside dhaba Ruchika upon reaching Tamna. The food was really excellent and of north indian style.
Kharidungri, Malti Pahar, Malti, Purulia, West Bengal
We visited this site hearing of it as a place with coloured chalks. These were used by tribal population to create colours for social customs and painting homes. Infamous artist Ramkinkar Bez also used the same colour at times since his childhood.
The hilly mounds were indeed a surprise. The place was almost like outskirts of Shantiniketan, Bolpur except for the small rockpeices were all chalk and of various colors from red to green, blue to black, yellow to white , pink, violet etc and of all sorts.
Malti to Chandil
Travelling along NH18 we crossed to Jharkhand at Detya. Through Nimdih, Kanthaldih, Ugdih we reached Chandil.
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Dalma Hills and Sanctuary
We were moving along Tata Road part of NH 43 to reach Sharbera after crossing Subarnarekha enroute. We continued through NH 18 almost parallel to the hill ranges.
I reached the Dalma Sanctuary entry point only to lament lack of time to have a visit. We were soon in Jamshedpur until we took left hand road to the Dimna Dam. May be will visit the Dalma Hilltop Wildlife Sanctuary at some other time.
Dimna to Purulia
As it got dark we rushed from Dimna to Purulia. Had to drop some plans and some artistic roads better for next time. We had to abandon our plan to visit Duasini and Burudi Dam in pitch dark and because of safety reasons. Bijli Ghati Waterfall and Ghusi Jharna be kept apart for an exclusive Dalma visit.
After a long drive we stopped at a place before Purulia to have tea and snacks. I was amazed at the dark sky and plenty of stars including the milkiway. Felt the urge for astro photography and the lack of the adequate cameras.
Night Stay at Purulia, West Bengal
We stayed at my wifes juniors house as his parents insisted on it. Our driver stayed at a local hotel. Went to see the Purulia Students Health Home in delipitated condition being closed for few years then Felt real sad once had hold meetings and student welfare health awareness activities there. After a heavy dinner we went to sleep.
Purulia to Home Day4
We were up early morning. I took a watch of our hosts garden. We had a well breakfast and started for home with many places to see yet on road. I had to do away with the hosts earnest request to have a lunch also. So we didn’t have time for the nearby Patloi Dam too.
Rivultes on way home, West Bengal
Rocky terrain with rivulets pleased my eyes. I descended to one such rivulet in a picturesque space Arjunjora hoping to find some underwater plants for my plant aquarium. I had done same earlier from a rivulet in Jharkhand in Bengal Jharkhand border at Bir Rajar Garh near Rajnagar in Birbhum.
But the panchayat people has recently cleaned all the rivulets. But we got no aquatic plants there. As a consolation we had a nice snap of us which I keep in my living room and has used the same as Facebook header pic in one of my profiles.
We left early our guests home after a sumptuous breakfast. His parents made us eat much as we had disagreed to a lunch considering our hurry. He has a duty in a BPHC and so we had to continue in our Journey alone. We left Purulia searching for an old jain temple only to find an unresponsive matha and a brand new hindu temple construction.We got a new Pareshnath temple of Jain origin from the local information. A surprise not in our list.
However much later I realized this was the historical site of Anai with 2 Jain temples. Relics of none I could find and not even memoirs from the local non jain peoples. That day however I had decided to take a not so familiar root seeing forest cover in the google maps. As we were also told of a very old jain temple at Pakhbirra which may be an archeological site. We went on searching.
Unknowingly we were into Hura forest and it was nice to find nature and its people so close again.
We came across tribal population collecting firewood and grazing cattles in the forest.
Rakab Buri Temple, Dapang West Bengal
Certainly I have an infatuation with demigods and religion in its primitive form. We were pleased to find a under tree place of worship in the Hura Forest. The Rakab Buri Temple. Bengal and Odisha once had so many demigods. Now being extinct just as dialects become extinct too.
Keshargarh Palace and Temples, West Bengal
A palace of sudden finding. We saw an old structure beside a pond. On enquiry we found an old temple further down the road and also remnants of a palace too nearby.
Wish some other day will make a compilation on the Jamindars or Landlords of Bengal and remnants of their lifestyle, their intermarriages and power system. We were in front of the Keshargarh Jiu Temple.
Keshargarh to Pakbira via Napara Road and Hura Lalpur Bagda Dhadka Puncha Road
From Keshargarh we travelled to Chatumadar. We moved through Krandi, Bhutam, to Tepantar. The famous tepantarer math we could find in Bengali literature! Thereafter we drove through Chhatalalpur and Napara to rejoin with Hura Lalpur Bagda Dhadka Puncha Road.
Pakhbirra Bhairav Mandir or Jain Temple, West Bengal
Indeed an old Jain temple not in the ASI list till now. I should praise the State governments endeavor in preservation. But again no tickets and had to search the guard in the nearby village to make him open the gates to the collection. Only 3 temples stand smallest one facing east and rest 2 facing north and all most of them having lost the wall engravings.
The sculptures are of Jaina affinity. They have the basic Tri ratha plan and belonged to the nagara order. The principal temple was probably facing west and had a 2 meter high colossal figure of naked Tirthankara. It still stands with some other sculptures at an side.
Most of the other Tirthankaras and other sculptures are inside a closed shed made by the state government probably to be made into a local museum.
Kashipur or Panchakot Raj Palace, West Bengal
Kashipur Palace was on our plan. But alas we could not enter as the queen was now staying in the palace on vacation. We had seen the watch towers of the Kashipur kings near Adra on Jai Chandi Pahar in a previous tour to Maithan Panchet Dams and Purulia.
We were not allowed inside and couldn’t visit the Rarhdevi Mandir. Saw the ruins of other royal buildings outside. We however missed the Rajrajeswari Temple.
Had been to Garpanchakot earlier. Loved the old temples in ruins amidst the nature. Though recent renovations has made the ambience artificial and I will rethink of visiting again. But then we went to see another temple behind the factory. the road was too bad , worsened more by rains and the sun will set soon.
We were disheartened to find only a religious site of recent origin with too little of substantial history. But the shape of the different phallic mouth to the spring water conserved for male and female viewers amused me. Our visit to the real spring and temple above the hill remained also unfulfilled this time due to time constraints. Besides you have to hike through jungle roads only made accessible by local tribal population during Shiva Ratri. We have to come back yet again in proper time.
Way back Home
We hurried to home as our holidaying came to an end. Thought of regular busy schedule from the day next saddened us. I tried to feel happy seeing through the pictures and remembering the joyous adventurous moments. We missed a night stay at the forest villages in Ajodhya Pahar, the treck to the Gajaburu tips of Asra Pahar, we missed the Bansh pora bhat ( rice coocked in bamboos) . But still it was good
So bye till the next tour
With warm regards