Photographer's Note

Bansberia is a small town located besides River Ganges, 50 odd Kilometers upstream from Kolkata

The Hangseshwari temple, which betrays tantric influences, is Bansberias claim to fame. This temple which was built in the beginning of the 19th is 21 meter high and has 13 towers, tall & short. The peak of each tower is shaped like a lotus bud. The structure has similarities with St Basils Cathedral in Moscow, which is also known as the onion dome church. Built according to Tantric principles, this five-storey shrine follows the structure of a human body - Ira, Pingala, Bajraksha, Sushumna and Chitrini.

For those who wish to know about Tantra

The Hangseshwari temple has a distinctive architecture different from the usual
Temple designs in Bengal or even in India. Here I present the unique architecture with another unique specialty of my home state - Ghugni. Ghugni is a popular snack dish made with Black gram (Kala Chana) or dried yellow peas or dried white peas, cooked with gravy, in the traditional eastern Indian style. This Ghugni is being sold in the cycle cart-van which dominates the foreground. Thanks to the dull sky. I converted the picture to B&W.

The original colour version is posted as a workshop

For those you might be interested, the name of the guy selling the Ghugni is Nikhil. Whats written in Bengali script on the cycle cart is Nikhils Ghughni.

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