Sri Goutam Goswami
To take this rare privilege in launching this surprising website of Bishnupur Municipality in the auspicious year when the country is going to commemorate the celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji, the father of the nation.
Bishnupur Municipality was established in the year 1873, situated in the district of Bankura becomes a place of historic interest having illustrious exploits of Malla dynasty. Bishnupur is full of old architectural ruins, almost all of the temples are made of red lateritic blocks with marvelous low and high terracotta works attracting large number of tourists all over the territory and abroad.
Malla Kings were almost righteously the devotees of Vaishnavites and always exercised worship of God Sri Krishna and Goddess Sri Radhika in the adorable name of Sri Sri Radha Madanmohan Jew, Radha Madangopal Jew, Radha Lal Jew, Radhashyam Jew and Sri Sri Maa Mrinmoyee Devi, presiding deity of Malla Raj Mahal. The beautiful terracotta temples built in between 15th and 18th century was the unique pattern of Bengal sculpture and architecture still existing with wonder. Apart from religious and mythological feelings, Bishnupur is a holy place called Gupta Brindabana. The Malla Kings were the great patron of vocal, classical music like Dhrupad, Dhamar etc. and welcomed many renowned musicians from Lucknow, Delhi and southern part of India as well. Bishnupur is the birth place of famous musician Jadu Bhatta, Gopeswar Bandyopadhyay, Jnyan Goswami and many other musicians who contributed their efforts for carrying this tropical type of music Bishnupur Gharana. Srinivas Acharya an austere devotee of Gouranga Mahaprabhu was honoured by the King and provided him ways and means for prayer to God at Bishnupur. It is the birth place of Maniklal Singha, a famous Archaeologist and founder of Bangiya Sahitya and Sanskriti Parishod, Bishnupur.
At the time of holding State Conference of Congress for undivided Bengal in the year 1938 our beloved leaders Sarat Chandra Basu, Netaji Subhas Chandra Basu and M.N.Roy set their feet at Bishnupur for awakening the youths for freedom movement. Maa Sadaramoni used to visit Bishnupur Rly. Station on her way to Kolkata even Sri Sri Ramkrishna Deb also visited Bishnupur very often. These incidents are beyond imagination.
The Malla Kings also took initiative for socio-economic development of their raiyats and provided irrigation facilities for cultivation by digging large sized 7 Nos. of dams in the famous name of Lalbandh, Shyam Bandh, Krishna Bandh, Poka Bandh, Jamuna Bandh, Kalindi Bandh and Gnathat Bandh etc. In order to protect from the attack of Borgi during the reign of Mallaraj Bir Hambir the capital was surrounded by a canal and built a wonderful gate called – Pathar Dwaraja which also prevented every type of aggression from the enemy. The Malla Capital Bishnupur is very nice tourist spot irrespective of its encompassing green lands, forests as natural view, the economy of Bishnupur depends on its arts, crafts, handicrafts articles like Shankha (Conch-shell), tera-cotta elephants & tigers, brass metal utensils, Lantrine Dasabatar playing cards and Handloom products of famous Baluchari Sarees being exquisite design woven by Silk and Tassar yarn etc. are the main attraction of the visitors of the territory and abroad.
In phenomenal point of view from the reality, Bishnupur achieves very rapidly growth of population and expansion of periphery in both length and breadth admeasuring 22.1 sq. K.M. where population strength is reached at about 75,000 approximately comprising 19 Wards.
This Local Body undertakes implementation of the following schemes and programmes to make Excellent and virtual Bishnupur in view of its historical charming and modern beauty creating integrated planning and guiding balanced development. This temple city Bishnupur is being emphasized by policy and financial support of our benign State Government which becomes to be an important tourist centre now-a-days. To set us a composite Tour package covering Kamarpukur – Joyrambati – Garh Mandaran – Bishnupur – Mukutmonipur – Shusinia Hill etc. where Bishnupur will be exclusively central point of destination.