Shobhabazar Rajbari

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Shobhabazar Rajbari
(শোভাবাজার রাজবাড়ি)
Shovabazar Durga Puja.jpg
The thakurdalan inside the "palace".
Alternative names Sovabazar Rajbari
General information
Status Residential building
Address 33 and 36 Raja Nabakrishna Street
Town or city Kolkata
Country India
Construction started Main building: probably predates 1757; Nat Mandap: 1830's
Owner The house: private; Nat Mandap: Kolkata Municipal Corporation
Website
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Shobhabazar Rajbari (Shobhabazar Royal Palace) is the palace of the Shobhabazar royal family located in the Indian city of Kolkata. Raja Nabakrishna Deb (1737–97), founder of the Shobhabazar Rajbari, started life modestly but soon amassed considerable wealth in his service to the British, in particular by his role in assisting to topple Siraj ud-Daulah. During his lifetime Raja Nabakrishna Deb built two houses. The building at 33 Raja Nabakrishna Street (known as Choto Shobhabazar Rajbari), on the northern side of the road, was the one first constructed by him, subsequently given over by him to his adopted son Gopimohan. The house at 36 Raja Nabakrishna Street (known as Baro Shobhabazar Rajbari) was built by him when a son was born to him later in life and was left to his biological son Rajkrishna and his descendants.

Features[edit]

Although originally a saat-mahala house the most intact of the remaining spaces is the courtyard with the thakurdalan. A saat khilan thakurdalan with multi-foliate arches supported on pairs of squared pilasters. Pairs of columns with plain shafts rise up between the arches to support the entablature above.

The main residence[edit]

The Nat Mandap.

A large central courtyard with the thakurdalan at the northern end. A paanch khilan takurdalan with multifoil arches supported on compound columns. the double storey wings on either side of the courtyard connect the thakurdalan with the naach ghar to the south. The roof of the naach ghar has fallen through and very little of the superstructure remains.

The Nat Mandap[edit]

A set of eight massive Tuscan columns support a wide projecting cornice at roof level. Two rows of multifoliate arches at the northern end provide access to the nabaratna temple at the rear.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Shobhabazar Rajbari, Shobhabazar, Calcutta". Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  2. "Shobhabajar raajbari". Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  3. "Shovhabazar Raajbari". Retrieved 2012-03-23. 

External links[edit]

Kolkata/North Kolkata travel guide from Wikivoyage

See also[edit]