Sheoraphuli Raj Debuttar Estate

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Sheoraphuli Raj Debuttar Estate

The Sheoraphuli Raj Debuttar Estate was a part of the Zamindari of the Sheoraphuli Raj Parivar.

History[edit]

A section of the Sheoraphulli Rajbari

Sheoraphuli fell under the Zamindari of Raja Manohar Roy, a Raja in Bengal during the reign of Akbar the Great of the Mughal era. Raja Raj Chandra Roy, also known as Jotey Raja (the king with dreadlocks), Zamindar of Sheoraphuli built the temple of Ram-Sita (Serampore) in 1752. He began residing in the Rajbari of Sheoraphuli built by him, which also served as his temporary residence apart from his abode in Patuli. His third son Raja Harischandra left Patuli for Sheoraphuli, which served as their permanent dwelling from there on. After him the Zamindari was demarcated into the 'Barataraf' and the 'Chototaraf' which has been retained to the present.

Later on Zamindar Nirmal Chandra Ghosh (Barataraf) and his descendants of the Raj Parivar still continue to reside in the Rajbari. The Saraphuli Raj Debuttar has been traditionally renowned for the policy of self-effacement.

Culture[edit]

The Sarvamangala Devi Temple of the Raj Debuttar Estate is a center of attraction in and around the area most notably during the occasion of Durga Puja. Devotees and bhakts from various places gather for the 'Arati'. The Puja is also a special occasion for the gathering of the family members of the Raj Parivar. The "Kumari Puja" during the 'Mahaashtami' is also a special and prominent phase during the Rajbari Durga Puja. The temple is also an abode for the Radha Krishna murti.

The Rajbari Durga Puja will be completed its 280th year in 2012.

The Asthadhaatu murti of Devi Sarvamangala is said to have been excavated from underneath the ground, after a vision appeared before Raja Manohar Roy in his dream. The temple and the Durga Puja has a rich traditional history and is looked after by the Raj Debuttar Trust. The trust formed by the members of the Raj Parivar caters to needs of the temple renovations and welfare of its premises.