Mahishadal is only 16 kms from Tamluk town of East Midnapore,West Bengal & apprx.100km from Kolkata, where you can visit the Mahishadal Rajbari and the museum & also give a visit to Geonkhali, a place 8 kms away from Mahishadal, a perfect picnic spot at the junction (Mohona) of three rivers (Rupnarayan,Hooghly & Damodar), Less than three hours’ drive from Kolkata, the Mahishadal Rajbari, is one among the handful of former palaces of Bengal that have opened their doors to visitors.
History of Mahishadal Raj Bari-
Mahishadal Rajbari is vast with its own ghat, a court house, a large navaratna temple and it is surrounded by a protective moat spanned by bridges. There are two palaces here – the old palace was built around 1840 by a Janardan Upadhyay from North India. The old building is crumbling, but still hold son to some of its old grace. It has a mandap where Durga Puja is celebrated every year.
The new palace has a Shikar room with stuffed animal trophies. Stroll through the huge mansion, wander in the hallways and look out of the huge oil paintings, large half circle windows and the vintage furniture.
The Garg family became the rulers of Mahishadal, when the lineage of the earlier rulers, the Upadhyay family, came to an end owing to the lack of a male heir. Janaki Devi who ruled the estate after the passing away of her husband Raja Anandalal Upadhyay handed over the reins to her grandson (eldest son of her daughter) Guruprasad Garg.
The grand Gopal Jew Temple is situated inside the Mahishadal estate. This temple was built by Rani Janaki in the year 1774. The main deity of this huge temple is Gopal (Krishna as a toddler). The temple was built in the Nabaratna style of architecture.
How to reach Mahishadal Rajbari
By Air: Nearest airport of Medinipur is Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, which is also called Dum Dum airport.
By Train: The least expensive approach to achieve Medinipur from Mahisadal is to take Digha Puri Sup E from Mahishadal to Kharagpur then take a taxi from Kharagpur to Medinipur.
By Road: The driving separation in the middle of Mahisadal and Medinipur is 96 km, while the airborne separation from Mahishadal to Medinipur is 62 km. The advantageous and quickest approach to reach from Mahishadal to Medinipur is to take a taxi from Mahishadal to Medinipur.
Distance from Mahishadal Rajbari- Geonkhali - 7 km / Tamluk - 17 km / Haldia - 35 km.
Nearby places of Mahishadal Rajbari-
Barghabhima temple: This is an 1150-year-old Kali temple named after Devi Barghobhima. This temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethasthans as per Puran. The small finger of the left feet of Sati/Parvati fell here when Lord Vishnu severed the sacred body of Goddess Sati into several pieces in a move to pacify Lord Shiva.
Geonkhali is a riverside village, it is a confluence of three rivers -Rupnarayan,Hooghly & Damodar.
Rakkhit Bati: . Famous historian late Tailakyanath Rakhit rebuilt this building. It is just beside the Bargabhima Temple. In the beginning of 19th century it was famous as a secret centre of the then revolutionary parties - the ‘Anusilan Samiti’ & ‘Gupta Samiti’.
Accommodation Booking in Mahishadal Rajbari
The Rajbari currently has two well-appointed rooms (with attached washrooms) for guests, one double-bed deluxe and one six-bed suite; the charges are ₹ 5,000 and ₹ 8,000, respectively, excluding taxes and including breakfast.
The Museum remains open from 10am to 6.30pm daily. Admission charges: Rs 10 per head (full charges apply for children above five years). Photography is prohibited in the museum unless special permission is obtained.