Ben: কৃষ্ণনগর kr̥ṣṇanagara
‘Krishnachandra’s City’ City, West Bengal
Raja Krishnachandra/Krishnachandra Roy was an 18thC raja and zamindar. He led a sustained resistance to Muslim rule and Maratha raids. He is remembered as a visionary leader and patron of poetry, music and Sanskrit learning in the region.royal principality that reached its golden period in the 18th century under the rule of Maharaj Krishnachandra.
The story of the Baradol Mela, a fair held every year in Krishnanagar, tells how he broke a promise to his queen to take her to a bid fair in a nearby town every year. To make it up to her he brought the fair to her along with hundreds of idols of Krishna. The fair still takes place every April with fairground rides, market stalls, performers, and a host of craftsmen including local clay toy makers and handloom weavers.The idols are still displayed in a marquee during the first three days of the festival.
Nearby is Ghurni, birthplace of the yogi Lahiri Mahasaya. Mahasaya was the guru of Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri whose disciple, Paramahansa Yogananda, popularised Kriya Yoga in the West through his book Autobiography of a Yogi (1946).
Krishnanagar of the HQ of Nadia District.
Video: Krishnanagar Barodol Mela 2022