Kailashahar is the district headquarters of North Tripura district of Tripura. It lies to the southern tip of the state and shares its border with Bangladesh. Kailashahar is a historic town, and many believe that it has been witnessing generations’ right from the 7th Century AD. Closely associated with Unakoti (known for centuries old stone and rock images), Kailashahar was the ancient capital of the Tripuri Kingdom.
The Rich Legacy of Kailashahar
Unakoti which is famous for its stone and rock images has a strong connection with Kailashahar. According to the local folklore, the descendant of King Jujhar Fa (the one who started the Tripurabda or the Tripuri Calendar) was a disciple of Lord Shiva. He prayed to Mahadev on the banks of the Rover Mau in Chhambulnagar. It is believed that Chhambulnagar was the original name of Kailashahar.
Some people also hold that the name Kailashahar came from ‘Har’ (another name of Lord Shiva) and Mount Kailash (home of Lord Shiva) thus ‘Kailash-har’ which was later turned into Kailashahar. The name Kailashahar became common and popularly used since the 7th Century when the Tripura king Adi-Dharmapha performed a great ‘yagna’ here.
People Who Enrich Kailashahar Today
Kailashahar is a small town in fact it is a nagar panchayat town. But the geographical limitations don’t bind its diverse population. Bengalis have been living in Kailashahar for a long time and have been involved in socio-cultural activities of the town for long. Apart from Bengalis, Kailashahar also has considerable hill and indigenous population.
Religion and Festivities – Part and Parcel of Kailashahar Life
Religion, festivities and cultural activities form a part and parcel of Kailashahar life. Almost every month of the year, the town gets adorned for some festival or cultural activity. Since Kailashahar is a truly secular town where Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists live in harmony, multi-faceted culture is seen in every nook and corner. Durga Puja and Kali Puja are the most celebrated festivals in Kailashahar. However, thanks to the mushrooming population of other religious followers, Christmas, Id, Buddha Purnima and other festivals are also becoming very popular here.
Tourist palces in and around Kailashahar
Kailashahar is a beautiful town. Temples dot the beautiful town along with lush green tea gardens. A visit to Kailashahar is quite incomplete without visiting the Lakhi Narayan Bari, 14 Deities Temple or Choudoo Devotar Mandir and as many as 16 tea estates in the adjoining areas.
Lakhi Narayan Bari: The Lakhi Narayan Bari is about 45 years old and counted as an antique monument in India. It is dedicated to Lord Krishna, and the idol of the Lord has been installed by Krishnananda Sevayet.
Chouddo Devotar Mandir: The 14 Deities Temple or the Chouddo Devotar Mandir has 14 idols of Gods and Goddess. Located about 14 kilometres from Agartala, the Chouddo Devotar Mandir is largely frequented by people during the Kharchi Puja celebrated in the month of July.
Tea Estates: Giving quite a break from the temples in Kailashahar are the many tea estates surrounding the town. Most of these Tea Estates are privately managed and are known for their taste. The popularity of the tea leaves grown here are that they are organic in nature.
A visit to Kailashahar is incomplete without collecting a few souvenirs. Like most of the north eastern states, tribal artefacts are considered treasured souvenirs which, tourists can collect from Kailashahar. Looking at the emerging popularity of the state, Kailashahar too is being promoted as a tourist destination. Today Kailashahar draws a considerable number of people, many of whom seek to get the blessings of Lord Krishna and the 14 Gods and Goddesses.
The best season to visit Kailashahar is during the winters when the temperature drops, but the climate stays mild. It is also the best time to visit the various areas adjoining Kailashahar. Another good time to visit Kailashahar is right after the rain subsides as there is greenery all around.
Kailashahar is easily accessible through air, road and train