Purulia Travel Guide
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- State: West Bengal
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Purulia is identified as one of the 16 Mahajanapadas in the Jaina Bhagavati-Sutra of circa 5th century AD. Besides, the region was a part of Vajra-bhumi in ancient times. After obtaining Diwani of Bengal, the Jungle Mahals District was formed in 1805 as per Regulation XVIIII.
The district was bifurcated in 1833, called Manbhum, the headquarters of which was transferred to Purulia in 1838. Later in 1956, the Manbhum District was partitioned as per the States Reorganisation Act and West Bengal (Transfer of Territories) Act 1956, during which Purulia District was formed.
Over the years, the district has become a popular tourist destination surrounded by the forests of Ayodhya, Matha and Kuilapal. The prominent attractions of the district are the tribal habitat in Ajodhya Hills and the heritage testaments like Panchakot Raj Place.
The spiritual centres such as Sharisha Ramkrishna Mission Ashram and Dharmaraj Temple are situated in the vicinity of the district headquarters. Adventure enthusiasts have an opportunity to trek on the range of Matha, Pakhi Pahar and Joychandi Pahar.
Biswa Karma Puja, Christmas, Durga Puja, Id - Ul - Fitr, Kali Puja, Laxmi Puja and Saraswati Puja are some of the festivals celebrated throughout the district. The famous folk dance of the destination is Chhou which is accompanied with the beats of dhol and dhumsaa. Jhumur song is the popular folk song of Purulia. Shiva and Shakti are the foremost deities worshipped in the religious rituals.
Purulia is located in proximity to Kolkata. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport of Kolkata serves as the nearest airport to the destination. Trains are available from Howrah Railway Station to the destination. Moreover, state and private buses render services from various cities of the country.
As the summer months are extremely hot and humid, the ideal time to visit Purulia is between October and March. The weather during these months is cool and pleasant for exploring the destination.