Written By Sudip Ghoshal
Mahendra Vidyapith, the school is situated at Bara Purulia village of Ketugram police station, East Burdwan district. The premises of this school was donated by Mr Atul Pada Chattyopadhyay of Chattyopadhyay family of the same village. And the name of the school was named after Mr Mahendra Chattyopadhyay, father of Mr Atual Pada Chattyopadhyay. Mr Mahendra Chattyopadhyay was a devotee. It is said that he could even float in the air. There was a ‘Pancha Mundi Ashan’ (a seat with five skull) and ‘Tulsi Mandir’ (Cemented temple-a-like of Ocimum Sanctum) in the open school ground. The seat is cemented and it is said that Mr Mahendra was used to sit there to meditate. And now-a-days, students play in the ground.
The building of the school is strong enough. The 30 inch thin wall and ceiling is with square shaped tiles and ‘kari-barga’. There are so many unused rooms there. They may be useful after cleaning The twentieth century designs and the same old windows and doors feels to soul. Mr Dhruba Narayan Chatterjee, Mr Taradas Bhattacharjee, Mr Adhir, Mr Kashinath, Mr Khetranath, Mr Hareram, Mr Narayan, Mr Satya, Mr Sukumar, Mr Dipak, Mr Brindaban and Mr Siddheswar were the founder-members (teaching and non teaching) of the school.
Mr Prakash Chndra Chattyopadhyay, son of Mr Atul Pada Chattyopadhyay, is life time member of the school managing committee. He is best known as the architect of the school building. Highly educated Mr Prakash had lived in Switzerland for long. Now he is in Kolkata. He is now old enough to come to the village. And also his other family members were also associated with the school foundation.
Puja Bari of the ‘Bramhin Para’ of the same village, is also an example of heritage. Now it is in its worst time. Designs are drawn on the wall of the house.In the old time, it was the place of Durga Puja of the village. So it is named as ‘Puja Bari’. The current owner of the house, Tulu Da said that there was a king who built this palace when he came to the place for animal hunting. The decoration drawn on the wall attracts everyone. There was a king size door just in front of a pond nearby, so it is called as ‘Darja-Ghat’.
Mr Chandra Kumar Mukherjee was the landlord of the village. When he used to go to bath, his council-mates were also used to go with him. They used to go with ‘ful-bel patha’ (flowers and the leaves of Aegle Marmelos) with them. After bathing, Mr Chandra Kumar used to go to the Shiva temple nearby. Now the temples are in the worst condition.
There was a ‘Siddha-Bakul’ tree, known as ‘Sasthi Tala’ in Bhattacharjee para, the south corner of the village. There was a temple of ‘Maa Mangala Chandi’. A ‘Naat Mandir’ (theater or dancing stage, dedicated to the God) ia also there. A Durga temple is also there. The villagers have reconstructed it recently.
‘Ghoshal Para’ is near the Kali temple. Theater artist Hemanta Ghoshal was from here. The family of Mr Hemanta Ghoshal is the priest of the temple.
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