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On the Hoogly–Mosques and Palaces

October 24, 2009

Our next stop was the Katra Mosque.

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Beneath the stairs was the grave of a holy man.  Then we entered the courtyard of the mosque and finally the mosque itself.

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As we left the Katra Mosque we saw some original brick work.

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Next we drove out to two amazing buildings of the late 18th century.  Both were built in classical Georgian style by rich local merchants and represent the other side of the coin of the “White Moghul” period when English and Indian cultures came close to fusion.

IMG_2121At the Nashipara Palace there were traditional lions, symbol of Britain.

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There was also a unique lion that looked British but was playing with a ball the way a male guardian Chinese lion would.  Here’s a picture of a male Chinese guardian lion at the Forbidden City in Beijing playing with the earth.  (The female plays with her cub.)

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We went into the Nashipara Palace and then walked around the grounds.

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There were fanciful statues as well as traditional Hindu deities including my favorite, Ganesha.

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On the property there was also a Jain temple.

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The next palace we visited was the Katgola Palace where we met some very interesting people.

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There was strange British/Indian lion imagery.

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Around the corner were a group of Shiva pilgrims.

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They were happy to pose for a picture next to their minivan that had Shiva’s symbol, the trident, on it.

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We left our new acquaintances and walked in to the courtyard behind the palace and discovered shrines to Hindu dieties.

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Ganesha was there as well as many others.

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We returned once again to The Sukapha to look forward to another day of adventures on the Hoogly River.

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