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Karnagarh Temple – Mahamaya Mandir Midnapur – Karnagarh Fort

Karnagarh : The Land of Chuar Revolution

  • Distance From IIT Kharagpur Is Approx. 32km Via NH-14.
  • Distance From Kolkata Is Approx. 145km Via NH-16.
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Karnagarh Mandir - Midnapur - Karnagarh Fort

At first, you have to reach Bhadutala which is 7 km from Midnapore. There will be some toto or auto by which you can reach Karnagarh Temple. Karnagarh temple is 5 km from Bhadutala.

Karnagarh Mandir - Midnapur - Karnagarh Fort

History:

Karnagarh Temple is a group of two temples which is dedicated to Mahadev and Mahamaya which is associated with the ancient fort of Karnagah. Karnagarh Temple was constructed in the Orissa style of architecture and Garbhagriha is made in the Saptarath Shikhar style. The village of Karnagarh contains the ruins of an ancient fort which is said to have been built by Raja Mahabir Singh about 500 years ago. There are many temples, among them, two temples of Mahamaya & Daneswar made of laterite stones, which are still visited by hundreds of worshippers from different parts of the country. Karnagarh was once the seat of the Medinipur Raj Family for some time. In 1799 it was occupied by Chuar rebels.

Karnagarh Mandir - Midnapur - Karnagarh Fort

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Chuar Rebels:

The ruler of the fort at that time was Rani Shiromani. The arm peasant rebellion, popularly known as Chuar Bidroha, they gave much trouble to British Colonial Administration. The first wave of Chuar Bidroh took place outside of the Midnapore town, and it started around 1765. The wild races, that inhabited the Jangal Mahal of the Medinipur District and its adjoining western and northern forest-clad regions, were collectively called the Chuars. They Were Looked upon by the British ruler as ‘brute’ and ‘cruel’ to such an extent that the word Chuar becomes a synonym with Savagery and Cruelty.

Karnagarh Mandir - Midnapur - Karnagarh Fort

In 1760, after the introduction of the British rule in Medinipur, the ‘Paikan’ Land, the tax-free land of chuars, was confiscated by the British government. The Chua thus lost their means of livelihood and started an armed rebellion particularly in 1798 and 1799-1800, under the leadership of Madhav Singha, they raided many places of Medinipur. The ancient ruins of Karnagarh bear witness to one of the earliest peasant rebellions against the British colonial.

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