Dhamodhar Temple is a Vishnu temple located at Rajbhalhat. Rajbhalhat is a village situated in Srirampore Subdivision of Hooghly district in West Bengal. In the 16th century, Rajbhalhat was the bustling capital of Bhursut dynasty's empire. The 16th century temple housing the idol of Devi Rajbhallavi, after whom Rajbhalhat is named, is the prime attraction of the place. The Terracotta work on the walls of the temple is amazing.
About The Temple
This temple was constructed in 1724 AD and it belongs to the rich Shil family. Built in the Hooghly-Burdwan style, this 18th century brick temple is decorated with exquisite terracotta figures and carvings. The temple has 3 entrances. The terracotta on it walls depicts different gods and goddesses, scenes from the royal palace, Ramayana scenes, animals and vegetal motifs. Apart from usual scenes of the Ramayana and Krishna Leela, the terracotta figures also depict social scenes of olden Bengal. The sad part is that the local people, while going through a restoration process had coloured the terracotta panels according to their wish and the original glory of the terracotta art is thus lost to a certain extent.
The nearest airport is Netaji Subash Chandra Bose International Airport, located at Dum Dum in Kolkata.
Local trains are running from Howrah to Haripal station. You can reach Rajbhalhat from there by bus. Rajbhalhat is 22 km from Haripal.
Lying just 40 km to the north of Kolkata, Hooghly is easily accessible by road. Bus services are available to reach Rajbhalhat from Hooghly.
Shridhar Damodor Temple,
Rajbhalhat, West Bengal,
India, Pin code – 712408.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
Morning 6:00 am to Evening 9:00 pm