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Agartala – The City of Unspoiled Environment and Unpolluted People
Getting To Know Agartala
The city of Agartala, which is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, is the capital of the north-eastern state of Tripura. This ancient city gained popularity when it was made the state capital in the 19th century by Maharaja Krishna Manikya. Nestled amidst beautiful forests, hills, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries, the city is renowned for its rich and varied tribal culture, which adds to the beauty of this hill town. The city is also renowned for its great religious and historical monuments as well the unique, simple and laid back life style of its people.

Places of Tourist Interest in Agartala
Jagannath Temple: This temple, which is built primarily according to the Islamic style of architecture, was constructed by the Manikyas. However, the temple also represents a great combination of the Hemadpanthi and Arabic style architecture on the external side while the interiors prove to have a greater influence of Hindu architectural styles. According to legend the temple donated its idol of Neelmadhav to the temple in Puri. The temple is a perfect example of Agartala’s rich architectural heritage.  This orange colored temple is situated on an octagonal base and has pillars topped with cones that are square and pyramidal in shape. The temple is also renowned for the impression of the ‘pradhkshin patha’ that surrounds the sanctum.

Buddha Temple: This Buddhist shrine is amongst the most revered holy places in Aragtala and was built in 1946. Located in the heart of the city of Agartala, the temple features two magnificent statutes of Buddha and Bodhisatva. Both these sculptures are believed to be of Burmese origin and were brought to this temple from the Royal Palace.  The temple also has gardens with various beautiful flowers, which further enhance the beauty of this spiritual place. 

Kamala Sagar: This enormous lake is situated just a few kilometers away from the city of Agartala, near the Bangladesh border. This manmade lake is believed to have been constructed Maharaja Dhanya Manikya, in the 15th century. There is also a famous 16th century temple of Goddess Kali, located on the shores of this vast lake. The temple features an idol of Goddess Durga, believed to be dating back to the 12th century. The picturesque location of the lake makes it a favorite picnic spot for both the visitors and the local people of Agartala.

Tripurasundari Temple: This ancient temple, which is believed to be amongst the 51 pithasthans of India, was constructed by then Maharaja Dhanya Manikya during the period of 1501 AD. The shape of the temple complex is similar to that of a tortoise known locally by the name of Kurma, which is why the temple is also popular by the name of Kurma Pith. Dedicated to Maa Kali, who is worshipped here in the form of 'Soroshi', the temple features a statue of the Goddess, which is constructed from 'reddish black Kastic pathar.' There is also another small idol of Kali Maa known by the name of 'Chotto Maa',which was carried around by the Kings of Tripura, on their hunting trips as well as into the battlefield. The sanctum of this temple is square in shape and has a classical Bengali hut like structure topped by a conical dome, which proves that the temple architecture has a strong Bengali influence.

Neermahal: Neermahal, which means Water Palace, was constructed by King Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman in 1930 and is famous for being the former abode of the royal family.  The palace presents a great example of the combined Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture Located in the midst of the   Rudrasagar Lake, the Neermahal palace is constructed from sandstone and marble.


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