Showing posts with label West Bengal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label West Bengal. Show all posts

Hinduism - Where Is West Bengal In India?


West Bengal is a state in modern India. After India's independence in 1947, the state of Bengal was partitioned into West Bengal and West Pakistan, the latter of which is today known as Bangladesh.

The majority of the state is located in the Ganges River delta's lowlands, however Darjeeling stretches into the Himalayas in the north.

Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal, served as the administrative hub of British India until the turn of the century.

It was also a hotbed of anti-British resistance and is now one of India's most important cultural and intellectual hubs.

Kalighat, in the center of Calcutta, as well as Dakshi neshwar, Tarakeshvar, Tarapith, and Navadvip, are all prominent holy places in West Bengal.

Christine Nivin et al., India, 8th ed., Lonely Planet, 1998, is an accessible reference for general information on West Bengal and all of India's provinces.


You may also want to read more about Hinduism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on religion here.



Hinduism - Where Is Mayapur, And The Headquarters Of The ISKCON?

 

 City in West Bengal, some 65 miles north of Calcutta, on the western bank of the Hugli River, across from the holy city of Navadvip.

Navadvip's claim to be the birthplace of the Bengali saint Chaitanya is older.

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), often known as the Hare Krishnas, supports the assertion that Mayapur was Chaitanya's birthplace.

ISKCON has a beautiful temple complex at Mayapur that serves as the organization's headquarters.

E. Alan Morinis' Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition, published in 1984, has a wealth of information on this place.


You may also want to read more about Hinduism here.

Be sure to check out my writings on religion here.