Location of Barisha
Barisha is one of the oldest boroughs in Kolkata. It was the seat of Sabarna Roy Choudhury family. It is now located in South Western part of Kolkata. It is one of the major educational and cultural hubs of the metropolis of Kolkata.
History of Barisha
Barisha emerged as a village after Laksmikanta Roy Choudhury became the jagir of the entire area. Laksmikanta Roy Choudhury got the Jagirdari of huge area of lands in 1608 from Man Singh. It was then that the place of Barisha came under his dominion. He started a Durga Puja here in 1610, which is at present the oldest Durga Puja of Bengal. Also in total, eight durga pujas are being held in the family at present. The descendants of Laksmikanta Roy Choudhury later on started living here from the year 1716 and carried on developmental works and since then it is the biggest settlement of the Sabarna family. The family also established other pujas like Chandi puja, Jagadhatri Puja etc. and also founded a large number of temples like the Annapurna Temple, Radhakanto temple, Dwadash Shiva Temples etc. The Barisha Rathayatra Utsav started in 1719 is one of the oldest in the city and is quite famous.
Geography of Barisha
Barisha is situated in the southwest of Kolkata about 10 kilometres from the city centre Esplanade. Although originally a separate village, it is now under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and is spread over four wards: the 123, 124, 125 and 126. The area starts from Vivekananda Women's College in the north and is spread to Thakurpukur in the south. The Diamond Harbour Road and the James Long Sarani runs through the heart of Barisha. There is also a Lord Jagannath Temple at Sakherbazar.
Durga Puja in Barisha
Barisha is also renowned for the Durga pujas. The six Durga Pujas of the Sabarna Roy Choudhury family are world famous. The Aatchala Bari hosts the oldest Durga puja of Kolkata which dates back to 1610, when the first Jaigirdar of the Sabarna Family Laksmikanta Roy Choudhury started the family puja at Barisha, which was a prosperous village of his dominion. The other pujas of the Sabarna family at Barisha are those of Baro Bari, Mejobari, Kalikingkar Bhawan, Benaki Bari, and Majher Bari.
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