Baruipur - A tete a tete with the city :
Location : Eastern India, West Bengal, South 24 Parganas district
Best time to visit : October to March
Local Transport : Rickshaw, private cars and buses
Souvenirs : Local handicrafts
Baruipur - The Tale of the city :
History has it that Baruipur, the small hamlet has been a part of the district of South 24 Parganas from times immemorial. When the British got the Diwani of Bengal, the district of 24 Parganas started taking shape. This was mainly the revenue collecting zone of the British. Before the British took over, the district of South 24 Parganas did not have any origin and it came to be officially accepted as a separate unit in the year 1986. Baruipur of the South 24 Parganas came into existence as the district came into existence.
Baruipur - Down the Ages :
Down the ages, Baruipur, is a lovely city and is a municipality in the district of South 24 Parganas in the State of West Bengal. Situated around 25km from the Sealdah station today this is a place with a population of more than 44,000. Most of the populace is males and the female population is lesser than the males. The literacy rate is higher than the average Indian literacy rate. There is a township being built at Baruipur and today Baruipur would also have an expressway built on the Barasat Raichak highway.
Baruipur - A Rendezvous :
A rendezvous with the city reveals that this city has certain areas where the ground water has contamination of arsenic. There were high levels found in many places of the south 24Parganas district. Baruipur is one of the affected areas. Many important schools are located at Baruipur and the Baruipur High School has become 150 years old now. This city has got most of the religions living together in harmony. Hindus and Muslims are predominant here.
Baruipur - Travel kitty :
The natural surroundings of Baruipur, the small little village entices the tourist to search for more. The travel kitty here is to understand the simplicity of the place and the modest approach of the local people. The ambience is so simplistic that one can only relax and rest here and this is the travel kitty. ON one of his walks if the tourists gets to see some locally made handicrafts of jute, then he sure is lucky. This kind of simple travel kitty gives him a lot of memories and he cherishes such places
Baruipur - Joie de vivre in the city :
The joie de vivre in this city is to inhale the ambience and understand the rustic surroundings and experience the exotic here. One who comes here can enjoy the fair here.
Baruipur - Entertainment factor :
Baruipur is famous for its Gajan Utsab. Legend has it that there was a serious fight of lathis between the lathi wielders of Sabarana Choudhry of Barisa and the Roy Choudhrys Baruipur. There was a boundary dispute between them. The leader of the lathials of Sabarna was Bhriguram. The Baruipur lathials cut off his head and thus were winners. They cut his head with a sword. Bhriguram is respected inspite of this, and the place where his lock of hair was cut is still revered. A lock of hair is kept here even today. The Gajan mela is the time when this lock is exposed. There is another mela that is held here and that is the Rash Mela.
In this way, with its small history and big fairs, Baruipur has made a name for itself. People come here enjoy the fair and go back happy and contented.
As a person leaves this place, he thinks, “ Fairs can be so exciting especially fairs like the Gajab Mela.”