The Bhukailash Rajbari, Kolkata

Amitav Ghosh | May 9, 2011 in Favourite Places | Comments (15)


This is the seat of one of Bengal’s oldest zamindaris. The grounds are right in the crowded heart of Kidderpore, which is a blessing in a way, for it makes the place very difficult to find.




Many Bhojpuri-speaking people live in the surrounding area and the atmosphere is reminiscent of Benares.  Outside Kidderpore very few people seem to know about the Bhukailash Rajbari.



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  1. Comment by Samrat Laskar — May 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm   Reply

    Never had heard of it before. Thanks for posting. Would want to have a look soon.

  2. Comment by Utpal MukhopadhyayJuly 13, 2011 at 4:40 am   Reply

    Bhukailash is amazing; my question is how you landed up there. Having grown up in Kidderpore I went to BK frequently with my grandmother who used to visit the temple and worship there. Later I became friendly with a Ghoshal boy of the Zaminder family; this chap was an awesome sprinter and should have made into the state athletics team of those days. Went to his house and remember to have met his mother – an extremely graceful lady of the old school.Lost touch with him, of course, don’t even remember his first name. That’s life. Haven’t been to that part for a long time. Will find out to know the present state of affairs of the estate. Thanks for reminding me of my school days.
    This Goa restaurant has completely knocked me down. I am a regular visitor to Goa; have a house there too. But never heard about this Burmese chef. Will surely try him in my next trip. Thanks.

    • Comment by Amitav Ghosh — July 14, 2011 at 12:44 am   Reply

      I don’t think you will be disappointed in Bomra’s. Unfortunately he is open only in the ‘season’ – Nov-March.
      all best

  3. Comment by Sitaram Ray — June 11, 2012 at 6:23 am   Reply

    I have seen 4 coments on this site.i am residing near the Temple which has been built up by Latr Maharaja Jai Narayan Ghosal nearly 318 yrs ago.You have posted the Temple photos ,which is old,If you will visit now The boath Temples of lord Shiva And Maa Patit Pawni has been renovated .Thanks to all who has visited and request to all who has not visited to this worship place will visit at per their convenient. Sitaram ray

  4. Comment by Tridib Basu — August 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm   Reply

    Bhukailash is amazing… Satya Somnath Ghosal One of the family member (Zaminder Family) is my friend. I know some history about this great Zaminder Family..

  5. Comment by Debosmita Ghosal RoyJanuary 9, 2013 at 1:37 pm   Reply

    Hi Amitava,
    Its really exciting to watch our temples snap sitiing far way from home……it has been long I havenot visited my place but i will always miss the place…….those who llive there will feel the magnetism of the place though not in a pos locality but the whole atmosphere is very soothing.We have got similar temples in Beneras as well.
    Debosmita Ghosal Roy

  6. Comment by samarjit ghoshal — March 24, 2013 at 8:48 am   Reply

    i want to visit the mandir pl give me the location .i will be comming from lake town. thanks -ghoshal s k

  7. Comment by Protap Banerjee — October 18, 2013 at 1:44 am   Reply

    This is very good creation of Bengal Zamindari Culture. This is a heritage property. A lot of unwanted people have already captured the place and using as their personal property. We should protect it on immediate basis. No initiative has been seen from the side of honorable goverment. Thank you for posting this awesome creation in internet.

  8. Comment by Asim Chattopadhyay — February 12, 2014 at 6:45 am   Reply

    I am Asim Chattopahyay, I am from Bandel. For the last two years or more I was searching for the name Bhukailash Bangsho. I got the trace of it just 5 minutes ago, and now I am excited. Excited because I had learnt from my respected Gurudeva who is no more on this earth (Tridandiswami Parankush Ramanuj Jeeor, a disciple of His Holiness Sitaramdas Omkarnath Dev) that He also hailed from this eminent and great bangsho. I like to meet and speak to some senior member of this Bangsho to know something about them. May I get help from anyone regarding this ? I shall be highly obliged. Actually I am writing a biography on my Gurudeva, and the information about this holy Bangsho is essential in this connection.

  9. Comment by Prithwish Bose — March 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm   Reply

    I first read about this place in pathbreaking bengali upanyas ‘Sei Samay’ by Sunil Ganguly. There it was mention ed many times ‘Bhukailasher rajbari’. But being a since born recident of Kolkata (I live In North, quite far from kidderpore), never heard about this rajbari. I have seen many rajbaris, shovabazar, pathuriaghata, kashipur and many others, but never anyone told me about bhukailash. I want to visit the place.
    There is a very comic incident depicted In the book which was hapened there about hundred years ago.

  10. Comment by Satya Subhajit Ghoshal — September 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm   Reply

    Dear All,
    I want to first thank Amitav Ghosh for creating this thread. Also I would like to say thanks to all others for sharing their experience and history of our Bhukailash Rajbari. Yes, this place is really amazing and you will feel the wonderful ambience which is very hard to find currently in our city of joy once you visit inside the Bhukailash temple. It was created by Raja Jaynarayan Ghoshal almost 300 years back when he had to relocate from Fort William to Kidderpore as per request of British Government East India Company. You will be amazed to know that the name of the place was given by Sadhok Ramprasasd when he visited the place and got elated with the fascinating beauty of our 2 Lord Shiva Temples. He named it Bhukailash as if it was real Kailash where Lord Shiva stays, but on earth, and hence Bhu-Kailash. There are several facts or stories that are attached with this place and our family which is not published anywhere excepting some newspaper and news channel event on a rare basis. And there are reasons for that as well why it is not so popular like Shobhabazar and other Rajbaris.
    I am the 8th descendent of Maharaja Jaynarayan Ghoshal and feeling so happy, excited and nostalgic to publish my writing in this forum. I am taking some initiative to create a Facebook page based on our history to make people aware of one of the best attractions in the heart of Kolkata.
    You can all contact me for any questions in the email because it’s a little difficult for me to answer your queries in this forum.

    Satya Subhajit Ghoshal
    Software Professional

  11. Comment by rajiv sarinSeptember 28, 2014 at 6:26 pm   Reply

    Thank you, Amitav Ghosh, for post re: Bhukailash Rajbari and to Satya Ghoshal for providing historical context… shalaum, RS

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