Two fair starts simultaneously on the “Makar Sankranti day” in West Bengal. One is Gangasagar Mela, and the other is Jaydev Kenduli Mela. Gangasagar Mela is too crowded now, Right? Visit and join the Jaydev Baul Mela, 4 hours from Kolkata.
Joydev Kenduli Baul Mela Birbhum
Joydev Kenduli Mela Birbhum
This place is 30 kilometres from Bolpur and 26 from Durgapur. Jaydev Kenduli Mela is crowded and attracts millions yearly on Makar Sankranti Day, but not like Ganga Sagar.
The famous Navaratna Radhabinod temple is the main attraction in Joydeb Kenduli. This temple was built in the 17th century. Now, the temple is under the “Archaeological Survey of India.”
The Joydeb Baul Mela begins beside the temple and expands about 2 kilometres in the circle. The Jaydev Kenduli Mela starts on Makar Sankranti day and will continue for three days.
Joydev-Kenduli is the birthplace of the Poet Joydev. The village is on the banks of the Ajay River, and the village is under the Birbhum district of West Bengal.
In the 12th century, the famous Kabi Joydev was written ‘Geet Gobinda’ in Sanskrit. At the time of Raja Lakshman Sen, Kabi Joydev was the Sava Kabi in his kingdom.
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Joydev Baul Mela in West Bengal
In the Mela time, they organized Baul Gaan, also called Baul Sangeet, Kirtan, and other religious activities on the ashram premises. Famous Baul singers are performing in different Akhrash and ashrams in Mela time. You can find many ashrams and Akhras in Kenduli.
Please note all these activities, mainly “Joydev Mela Baul song,” Kirtan, etc., start in the evening and popularity increases at night. Not only this, but they also provide food and staying options in the Akhras for the Mela people.
The temporary accommodations like Gangasagar for the pilgrims. Please note there are no hotels in this area; the only option to stay here is the ashrams. If you search for a hotel for Kenduli Mela, the first option is Durgapur, and the second is Bolpur.
Kenduli Mela History
Exactly how many years ago Jaydev Kenduli Mela was started, nobody ideally determined. But this fair is as sacred as a holy dip in the Ajay River, celebrates the Gangasagara and Kumbh Mela, and here, the Makar Sankranti.
Many years ago, the fair was organized on the bank of the Ajay River. The popularity of this fair crowd increased. So, now the Mela starts from the Radhabinod temple and spreads over a wide range.
Kabi Joydeb History
The birthplace of the famous poet Jaydev is the Kenduli village. He was born in the 12th century. Once, he was a ‘SHAVA KOBI’ of Raja Laxman Sen. The poet worshipped and meditated at the Kusheshwar Shiva Temple at Kenduli. You can see the meditation stone still exists.
He is the author of the famous Nobel, Sri Geet Gobindo. At the end of this century, he spent his first life in Gour and his last life in Puri. And he was taking his last breath at Brindaban, and his tombs were buried in Tatrithan Akhara.
It was assumed that the incident happened in 1203 in the English year. As per history, Kabi Jaydev passed away in the middle of January and the end of the month of Poush. That is, incidentally, the day of Posh Sankranti. From this day, on the bank of the Ajay River, the fair was started and continued. So, the fair is going on before Sri Chaitanya’s time.
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How I Visit Jaydev Kenduli Mela
I started my journey from Howrah station. We boarded Hool Express from Howrah at 6:45 am.
There is another good train from Howrah to Durgapur in the morning called Ishpat, starting from Howrah at 6 am. So you can reach Kenduli in two ways: one is Bolpur, and another is Durgapur. The distance from Bolpur is 30 km, and from Durgapur, it is 26 km.
We reached Durgapur at around 9.30 am. Outside the Durgapur station, we took a bus to Joydeb Mela. In the Mela time, buses run directly from Durgapur rail station to Jaudeb Kenduli Mela. The bus fare is 30 rupees.
Another option is to take Bolpur buses from the Durgapur Station and get down to Muchulipara. The fare is 8 rupees per person. From there, you will get ‘Trekar’ and reserve an auto to reach Joydeb Kenduli Mela.
We reserve an auto, and it takes 330 rupees. The journey time is 45 minutes for both options. At the return time, you get a direct bus to Durgapur and return in the same way.
How to reach Kenduli Mel
The Jaydev Kenduli Mela’s nearest railway station is Bolpur, and another is Durgapur.
- On the way to Durgapur from Bolpur, you will get a bus stop called Joydev More. Take an auto, bus, and Toto car from there to reach the fair in 15 minutes.
- You can reach Durgapur station and from there take a bus to Bolpur and get down to Muchibazar. Take ‘trecker’ or reserve full auto from there to reach Kenduli.
- You can reach directly from Kolkata SBSTC bus to Tarapith from Jaydev crossing. Fare 153 rupees now.
- By local train, reach Bardhaman station and take another train or bus to Durgapur.
Sideseen near the Baul Mela Kenduli West Bengal
- Deul Park and Mandir
- Shyama rupa mandir
- Garh Jungle
- Hetampur Rajbari
Sightseeing around Hetampur Rajbari
- Hetampur Rajbari (Nearest rail station Dubrajpur)
- Gauranga Math
- Munshi er Durga Temple
- Shiva Temple (Hath-tala)
- Shiva Temple (Babu Para)
- Durga Mandir (Babu Para)
- Durga Temple (Thakur Para)
- Hetampur Raj High School (Durga Building of old Jamindar house)
How to go Joydev Kenduli Mela?
Direct buses are available from Bolpur bus stand/ Durgapur station only for mela time. You can also reach here by reserving auto/car.
Which visiting places are near Joydev Kenduli Mela Birbhum?
Hetampur Rajbari, Deul Park and Mandir, Shyama Rupa Mandir, Garh Jungle, Gauranga Math, etc., are nearest to Joydev Kenduli Mela.
What is the timing of Joydev Kenduli Mela?
Joydev Kenduli Mela is held annually in Birbhum on Makar Sankranti (Middle of January).
Have any luxury buses from Bolpur to Joydev Kenduli Mela?
No, only local buses are available in the Mela time; the authority provides more minibus to reach the place.