Hello friends, Good evening from Howrah, India. It is 19.11 p.m here and I am writing this while having a sip of coffee. Now you may question about the title. What connection may a temple have with Russia, specially a country ruled by communist who do not believe in God.
It is a connection or co-incidence- that is better to leave to my viewers to judge and decide. Now I am sharing a photo of St. Basil’s Cathedral-
Now look at the architecture of Hanseswari temple, Before I proceed to share this photo clicked by me I would like to narrate the history of hanseswari temple-
In December 1799, Raja Nrisinhadeb Roy laid the foundation stone of this temple. But after completion of the second storey in 1802, Raja Nrisinhadeb died leaving this temple incomplete.1 His second wife Rani Sankari completed the rest of the work in 1814. This temple is a five storied thirteen ratna temple as per its architectural concern.2 This temple is situated in Bansberia in bandel-katwa rail route, very near to bandel station. This temple resembles the trantrik sadhna of Raja Nrisinhadeb Roy. This five storied temple is the reflection of five nadi- Ira, Pingala, Susunma, Bajrash, Chitrish.3 Ma Hanseswari, is one of the rup of Adyashakti Mahamaya, which tells us about the every secret of Yoga Sadhna and Siddhi.
Now look at this photo-
If you are curious to know about St. Basil’s Cathedral, then here is the story. This cathedral situated in the Red Square of Moscow, has been the symbol of Russian rich history, culture and heritage. The original building, known as Trinity Church and later Trinity Cathedral, contained eight chapels arranged around a ninth.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, the church, perceived (as with all churches in Byzantine Christianity) as the earthly symbol of the Heavenly City, was popularly known as the “Jerusalem” and served as an allegory of the Jerusalem Temple in the annual Palm Sunday parade attended by the Patriarch of Moscow and the Tsar.
It was built from 1555 to 1561 on orders from Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. It was the city’s tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.
As part of the program of state atheism, the church was confiscated from the Russian Orthodox community as part of the Soviet Union’s antireligious campaigns and has operated as a division of the State Historical Museum since 1928. It was completely secularized in 1929, and remains a federal property of the Russian Federation.
The church has been part of the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990. With the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, weekly Orthodox Christian services with prayer to St. Basil have been restored since 1997.
So my lord, my esteemed viewers, I have presented the facts of the both along with the photos. Only you, who will deliver the judgement. But yes, both are not synonymous but have some resembles as per my senses.
Now ALL GLORY TO THEE.
1)De, Sambhu Chandra (1908). The Bansberia raj. University of California Libraries. Calcutta, B.B. Munshi: Pooran Press. p. 49.
3)পশ্চিমবঙ্গের কালী ও কালীক্ষেত্র, দীপ্তিময় রায়, গিরিজা লাইব্রেরি
4)Komech, Pluzhnikov p. 402
5)A concise English history of the evolution of the church’s names is
provided in Shvidkovsky 2007 p. 126
6)Brunov, p. 100