Belur Math é uma beleza arquitetônica situada nas margens ocidentais do rio Hooghly. Marcado por várias cúpulas colocadas em harmonia estética, Belur Math é a sede da Ramakrishna Math e da Missão Ramakrishna. As duas instituições são dedicadas ao 'Vedanta', uma seita filosófica hindu, e promovem fortemente a harmonia entre religiões e fronteiras. A Ramakrishna Math, uma organização monástica e a Ramakrishna Mission, uma sociedade dedicada a atividades filantrópicas, juntas têm 171 filiais espalhadas pela Índia e outras partes do mundo. Dentro de Belur Math, templos em homenagem a Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Sarada Devi e Swami Vivekananda podem ser encontrados, todos refletindo melodiosamente diferentes estilos arquitetônicos e detalhes religiosos. Swami Vivekananda, que supervisionou a construção do complexo do templo, usou símbolos do cristianismo, islamismo e hinduísmo como lembretes da mensagem de Ramakrishna. O complexo de 40 acres também abriga o Museu Ramakrishna e uma livraria. Construído em 1938, Belur Math é o destino de peregrinação mais importante em Calcutá e geralmente é visitado junto com o Templo Dakshineshwar Kali, Path Bari e Kancher Mandir. Você pode visitar todos eles usando o serviço Jetty disponível fora do Belur Math.
O 54 Bose Road é um dos endereços mais famosos de Calcutá e uma importante parada para todos os turistas que visitam a cidade. O edifício, apropriadamente chamado de Casa Mãe, é a sede das Missionárias da Caridade, a visão de Madre Teresa de espalhar esperança e amor aos desesperados. Ainda hoje, as irmãs de caridade de Madre Teresa, vestidas com seus sáris de borda azul, marca registrada, continuam a levar adiante seu legado. Os visitantes podem homenagear o túmulo da Mãe e visitar o museu que exibe objetos de sua vida cotidiana – sandálias e uma tigela desgastada que são verdadeiros reflexos de sua simplicidade. Invocando a paz e uma gama de emoções diferentes, este lugar permite vislumbrar a vida de um dos melhores seres humanos que já viveu.
Eden Gardens is not only an integral part of Kolkata city, but is also an important landmark in the International cricket map. The stadium is named after the adjoining Eden Gardens. Right from 1864, it has seen cricket records being made and broken by iconic players. What makes this stadium exclusive from its counterparts is the passion of the crowds towards the game. The player's concentration is almost put to test amidst the loud cheer and noise. Though the unruly behavior of the fans has resulted in match disruptions, this stadium still remains a favorite among all cricketers. Notable performances at Eden Gardens include bowler Harbhajan Singh's hat-trick against the Australians in 2000-01 and the 281 runs scored by VVS Laxman, in the same season, which is the highest individual score recorded at this ground. Try and visit Eden Gardens during a match to feel the excitement in the air.
Established in 1959, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum is a parent body to all Science Centers and Museums under the National Council of Science Museums and holds the distinction of being the first Science and Industrial museum in the country. BITM started as a hardcore museum documenting the history of scientific growth with galleries of Communication, Iron & Steel, Popular Science, Transport, Electronics and TV. However, to keep up with the rapid progress of science and technology, it is now a full-fledged Science Center with an aim to inculcate in visitors the basic principles of science. While it retains the original galleries, BITM has introduced a myriad interactive exhibits and educational shows like Fun Science Show, Science Magic Show, Fascinating Physics show, etc. Although the vast contents of this museum would help any visitor, children and students are the main target audience here. The science center also organizes a number of events throughout the year including lectures, seminars and exhibitions that cover important and relevant topics. Check website for details on daily shows, student tours etc.
When you stand in front of the building, you are bound to wonder why the academy needs such a high-storied structure to operate from. But once you step inside, any such questions are rightfully and aesthetically, laid to rest. Established in 1967, the Birla Academy of Art & Culture has been a staunch proponent of the arts in Kolkata. The museum within the academy has a number of collections including Indian, international and contemporary paintings as well as sculptures. However, most of its eleven floors are usually occupied by interesting temporary exhibitions and fairs. The library is well-equipped with a number of resources on various forms of art and culture. Apart from this, the academy also frequently organizes cultural events as well as educational lectures, seminars and summer classes on art. An annually held event called Kala Mela is aimed at showcasing upcoming local artists. Located right next to Lake Kalibari, you will always find something that piques your interest at this art hub!
A deusa indiana Kali é uma parte essencial de Kolkata e seu povo. Um dos locais mais religiosos de Bengala Ocidental, o complexo do templo Dakshineswar é marcado por um tradicional Bengali Navaratna, ou um estilo de nove torres dedicado a Kali e suas muitas manifestações, especificamente Bhavatarini. Contornando o santuário resplandecente há uma trupe de vários outros templos menores, incluindo os nove templos de Shiva e o templo de Radha Krishna. Tons de vermelho e amarelo definem o Templo Dakshineswar Kali e os peregrinos vestidos de forma colorida o tornam uma paleta bastante intensa e interessante. Também conhecido por ter sido a morada de um líder espiritual e místico Rama Krishna Paramahansa por um certo período de tempo, o templo também abriga em seu pátio um santuário branco, composto pela estátua de Rani Rashmonin Devi (responsável pela construção do templo). O templo, ao mesmo tempo, impressiona como uma estrutura elegante e palaciana, e abriga um grande estacionamento que acomoda o fluxo regular de devotos. As águas do Rio Hooghly e do Vivekananda Setu formam o pano de fundo do templo que é bem conhecido por sua afeição profundamente arraigada pelo reverenciado iogue e místico Ramakrishna. Assentado orgulhosamente em um pedestal que é conduzido por um lance de escadas, o templo é visitado por vários peregrinos todos os dias e permanece lotado a maior parte do tempo.
Mohun Bagan Athletic Club Ground was opened as a multipurpose stadium in 1963. The stadium is owned by Mohan Bagan, a reputed football club of India. Though the ground is solely used as a practice ground, it has hosted several fixtures between recognized football teams, one of them being Mohan Bagan vs FC Ararat, which was part of 1978 IFA Shield Final. As the stadium is one of the oldest, it is viewed as a heritage stadium in Kolkata and has undergone renovations a number of times. The stadium has three arcades, out of which one has cushion seats, and is reserved for the members of the club. It is a great source of recreation for the locals and also serves as a play ground for people.
Capital of the state of West Bengal, Kolkata rises from the banks of the River Hooghly and has historically been an important trade hub. The British East India Company chose the city precisely for this reason, and it served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911, after which the capital shifted to Delhi. The city’s wide boulevards and imposing public buildings stand as rarefied remnants of British colonialism. As the seat of 'Bengal Renaissance' during the British Raj, Kolkata produced many gurus such as Rabindranath Tagore. Master filmmaker Satyajit Ray is another notable figure who catapulted the city into the spotlight. This artistic legacy continues at venues like Nandan and Rabindra Sadan, which organize various events spanning music, art, literature, dance and film. Kolkata is also widely known for the amazing range of food, both fine dining and street food, on offer. Notable landmarks of the city include attractions like Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Dakshineswar Kali Temple and Belur Math, along with the busy New Market and Kumartuli, and the symbolic Vidyasagar Setu and Howrah Bridge.
Asutosh Museum of Indian Art is the only museum which is located within the main campus of University of Calcutta. It was established in the year 1937. Some of the noteworthy things in the museum are YAKSHINI with PANCHACHUDA Terracotta Chandraketugarh, YAKSHINI Terracotta Bangarh, SURYA Black Basalt Kasipur and Portrait Head Black Basalt Agradigun. In the year 1959, the University of Calcutta started a Postgraduate Diploma Course in Museology. The museum itself functions as a laboratory for this course. The objective of the museum is to collect and preserve various specimens of different phases of Indian art. It gives special emphasis on the art of Bengal.
The city of Kolkata has many prestigious educational institutes, Hindu School being one of them. The school's reputation has been built over the years with precious contributions and efforts of renowned educationalists like Maharaja Radhakanta Deb, David Hare, Diwan Baidya Nath Mukherjee. The school has always maintained an unconventional and futuristic approach towards education; back in 1817, when all schools stressed on textbook approach to studies, Hindu School adopted a practical approach to learning. Modern teaching practices were blended with traditional methods, thus exposing the students to a broader spectrum. What distinguished Hindu school from its counterparts is the fact that, it was an English Medium school. With such a great history, Hindu school is surely one of the premier schools in India. Currently, it is a boys school that offers education from classes I – XII. While in Kolkata, do visit this school, that changed and modernized the Indian education system.