কুচবিহারের  বহু পুরনো  রাধা কৃষ্ণ মন্দির । ভাগবত পুরাণে কৃষ্ণকে প্রায়শই বংশী-বাদনরত এক কিশোরের রূপে বর্ণনা করা হয়েছে। আবার ভগবদ্গীতায় তিনি এক পথপ্রদর্শক ও সহায়ক তরুণ রাজপুত্র। হিন্দু দর্শন ও ধর্মতাত্ত্বিক ঐতিহ্যে কৃষ্ণ-সংক্রান্ত উপাখ্যানগুলি বহুধা পরিব্যাপ্ত। তাঁকে কল্পনা করা হয়ে থাকে বিভিন্ন রূপে: কখনো শিশুদেবতা, কখনো রঙ্গকৌতুকপ্রিয়, কখনো আদর্শ প্রেমিক, কখনো দিব্য নায়ক, আবার কখনো বা সর্বোচ্চ ঈশ্বর। কৃষ্ণ-সংক্রান্ত উপাখ্যানগুলি মূলত লিখিত আছে মহাভারত, হরিবংশ, ভাগবত পুরাণ ও বিষ্ণু পুরাণ গ্রন্থে।(History old Radha Krishna Temple at Cooch Behar , Khagrabari Photo © Soumik Roy)

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  1. In brief : Aolaram Saha was the son of Jhaolaram Saha of Bogura , Rangpur. Aolaram , was from a business family & in the middle of nineteen century , in search of good commerce he traveled from Rangpur to Cooch Behar(then a Princely State) & started a business over there. His main business was import & export , particularly of sugar , which was carried out through river-routes from Cooch Behar to the adjacent areas of Bengal. It is learnt that he had bought land near a River-port at Village Khagrabari , as his business grew he bought many Jotes & ultimately became of the most influential Jotedars of Cooch Behar(almost the entire Gopalpur of Baneswar , Ambari besides other innumerable properties was owned by him & his family) & also secured a hereditary position at the Raj Durbar. His family rose to such an extent that they also started to lend money , even to the Royal family during their need. Aolaram was a devoted Vaishnav , as there is a proverb common in them , “even the left hand should not know what the right hand gives away” , Aolaram practiced this principle throughout his life & gave away enormous wealth in philanthropy. Many are not even aware , the ‘Dharma Sabha’ on Biswa Singha road , Cooch Behar was originally founded by him , he also erected Wells(!) to meet the water problem in Villages in Cooch Behar , one of which , constructed by him was extant for long at the Pundibari Hat(now demolished). Since they were Vaishnavs , they later on adopted the style of using the surname ‘Das’ & finally by dint of their Zamindari ‘Roy’ was incorporated which is still in use. Their house ‘Roy Mandir’ is still a piece of marvelous heritage adorning the West of Keshav road , the upper-story of which is supported by beautiful corinthian colonnades. Aolaram had a single issue , a saintly boy , who though married & had two sons but afterwards left & became a Sannyasi , the entire estates was then managed by his daughter-in-law , a woman of great power & strategy , she was the one to construct this temple of Radha-Madhav & donated many lands as Brahmottar to a Goswami family , presently who are looking after the Temple. The motto , “Yata-dharmastata-jayah” , rsembling the same of Cooch Behar Insignia is inscribed on the door of the Temple. Their family were considered to be amongst the most cultured , educated & rich families in Cooch Behar , the later generations were all well-educated. Besides their keen interest in Dramas , for which Shree Ramesh Ch. Roy , grandson of Aolaram Saha donated the land to form ‘Natya Sangha’ , they also had a good collection of Western Classical Music. Their house still holds a handsome collection of objects de art & books. Shree Shibendra Narayan Chowdhury , the former Minister of Bengal was a descendant of this house & the pavilion had received couple of memorable stays from Shree Jyoti Basu , the former Chief Minister of Bengal.

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