Mukutmanipur in West Bengal is famous for housing the second largest dam of India which is experiencing a huge number of tourist foot falls each and every year, regardless of the season. This place is an extremely ideal place for a quick weekend tour, where the traveller can put his or her weary soul at rest. Yes, Mukutmanipur is the exact place where a traveller’s soul can experience the healing touch of Mother Nature. It will not be wrong to tag this serene and calm place as the hamlet of West Bengal’s Bankura District.
This place has got a giant sized water body, a small wood, number of small temples and various species of rarest birds, making it the best weekend getaway for the people. Mukutmanipur is considered to be the brain child of the dreamer and the creator of modern Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. Dr. Roy dreamt of building a giant dam of nearly eight thousand square kilometers to supply water to the vast expanse of the agricultural lands of the districts of West Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura and other neighboring areas of the industrial belt of Hoogly. The dam was completed in the year 1956. It is situated at the very confluence of the rivers Kumari and Kangshabati, and hence you can figure out that Mukutmanipur nears the border of Jharkhand and West Bengal.
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Dam and Lake of Mukutmanipur
The giant lake or the water body of Mukutmanipur spreads across a humongous area of 86 square kilometers. The lake is extremely mesmerizing with all its blue waters. In fact the water body is tempting enough to make anyone dive into it. The other side of the lake has a rocky finish, and the other is filled with green patches, which covers a segment of the Ban-Gopalpur forest reserve.
If you just cannot resist to touché the blue waters, then you can very well take a boat ride on the surface of the lake. The reservoir of Mukutmanipur is eleven kilometers long with a height of thirty eight meters. The road of this reservoir is made up of solid concrete with wide pavements. You can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the lake by standing on to the Dam road for prolonged hours. The sunset and the sunrise views have been appreciated by each and every travellers who have managed to witness it on their trip to the place. You can very much click photographs of the Dam, along with the nearby temples and the forests, but remember; according to the protocols of security taking photographs of the lock gates of the Dam is a punishable offense.
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At Mukutmanipur, you will be able to find an open air sanctuary of Gods, which is near to the Dam. The place is extremely popular with the devotees of the Jain and Hindu religions. There is also a significant rock situated at the premises of the temple which is popularly known as the Parsvnath Tila. The temple has got one statue of Parsvnath, 1 Shiva Linga and the statue of Nandy, the bull of Lord Shiva. In fact, one can also find two distinct statues of Lord Vishnu. Just four kilometers away from the temple, the town of Ambikanagar is situated, which is an important place of the Jain people.
Mukutmanipur, historically, was ruled by the Jain King Anatadhabole. The signs of the cultures of Jainism can be found at every nook and corner of the town, and due to the flood of the year 1898, the entire place became a hamlet. One can also visit the Devi Ambika Temple where he or she can find the idols of Goddess Shasthi, and Lord Ganesha. These idols were brought in from Hoogly’s Jayrambati, which is considered as the holy home of Saint Ramakrishna Paramahansadeva. The idol of Maa Shasthi is very unusual with her entire statue being in the color black, forehead smeared with red vermilion and multiple eyes. This temple is worshipped by both the people belonging to the sects of Jainism and Hinduism. Mukutmanipur also neighbors Jhilmil, which is another favorite tourist spot.
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