Chandrakona, a village in the ghatal sub division has a large number
of important temples, which will be described at some details. Chandrakona fully
illustrate that circumstances determine the vicissitudes of places also. Chandrakona was a
prosperous town divided into a number of bazaars like bhayer bazaar, Khirki bazaar, Bara
bazaar, Nutan bazaar, Samadhi bazaar etc.
The markets have all disappeared but the names
linger. The former importance of the place, which is now only, a village is shown by
the old relics, a few old institutions like asthals, three forts, namely, Lalgarh, Ramgarh
and Raghunathgarh in utter ruins and a group of temples kept up by the Burdwan Raj.
Probably no other village in Midnapore district has more of traditions than Chandrakona.
It is said that the name of Chandrakona is derived from Chandraketu, the raja of the place
who was the contemporary of the Pandavas. There are stories about the Rajas and that some
of the Rains had sacrificed their life after going through Jaharbrata. There is still a
It is at Chandrakona that we find a clear impact of Orissan
culture not only in the temple types but also in the language, customs and manners. The
Bagri princes and the Chandrakona princely house were closely connected and it is probable
that the Chandrakona princely house was one of the satraps of the Bishnupur Malla kings.