(Last Updated on : 05/07/2014)
Madanmohan Jiu Temple also famous as 'Gopaler Mondir' is located in Mellock, near Samta in the Indian state
of West Bengal
. It has earned the name Gopaler Mondir as temple is dedicated to Gopala i.e. Lord Krishna
or 'Madanmohan' having the similar linguistic connotation. 'Jiu' is an alternative Bengali term for 'Ji' used to show reverence towards someone. Thus, Madanmohan Jiu refers to 'revering Lord Krishna.' Generally the deities like Madanmohan and Gopal were worshipped as the Kuladevatas in the Zamindar houses who later established temples in their honour firstly because of attaining a fixed glory for their family and thus maintaining the generic fame.
History of Madanmohan Jiu Temple
The ancient Madanmohan Jiu Temple located on the banks of Rupnarayan River
was constructed by Mukundaprasad Roychoudhury, of Mangalhat Pragana a wrestler in 1651 A.D a member of the Roy Zamindars clan who earlier had his reigns over the village of Samta. The road from the river bank to the temple is connected by a small wooden bridge to the barrage which may symbolise the sojourn of mortal entities to the abode of holiness after crossing the barriers of trivial crossroads of life. The temple was in a dilapidated condition hence some reconstruction and renovation work was carried out.
Architecture of Madanmohan Jiu Temple
The ancient Madanmohan Jiu Temple is known to have the largest atchala (having roof with 8 slopes) temple in Bengal. Spread over a huge extended area the temple has been magnificently decked up with fine terracotta works. The idols of Lord Krishna and Radha
installed in the temple are carved out of black stone measuring a height of 1 and 1/2 feet tall. The main entrance of the temple pillared by three arches is built on the southern side. Two other entrance gates have been built on the western and eastern side.
Madanmohan Jiu Temple is almost 40 feet in height and can be compared to a 3 storied building. Earlier the Rupnarayan River used to lap the corners of this age old architecture as if paying homage to the shrines but with the forward march of time it changed its due course. Several ancient sculptures and designs add to the magnanimous beauty of the temple reflecting the culture and tradition, the way of life, the religious preferences of the contemporary the ages of the Zamindars who ruled in the village. The ruins murmur them even today, only one has to lend ones ear.
Festivals of Madanmohan Jiu Temple
Madanmohan Jiu Temple annually celebrates the festival of Holi
or Dol Yatra on the Purnima
day. On this auspicious day the idol of the Lord is taken to a house in the vicinity of the temple in an ancient wooden palanquin. Rituals are performed keeping in mind the age old heritage of the family and the preserved traditions. As the dusk sets in, the idol is reinstalled in the temple. The festival of Janmashtami
i.e. the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna is also celebrated on a grand scale.