Barisha is situated in the southwest of Kolkata(Calcutta, its earlier name) and at a distance of about 10 kilometers from the city centre Esplanade, it is now under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and is spread over four wards -123,124,125 and 126. The area starts from Vivekananda Women's College in the north and is spread to Thakurpukur in the south. The Diamond Harbour Road and the James Long Sarani runs through the heart of Barisha.
The origin of the name is a matter of research. According to the sources of the Sabarna Roy Choudhury Paribar Parishad three theories have been put forward.
Laksmikanta got the Jaigirdari of huge area of lands in 1608 from Man Singha, It was then that the place of Barisha came under his dominion. He started a Durga puja here in 1610, which is at present the oldest durga puja of Bengal. Also in total, Seven Durga pujas are being held in the family at present. The descendants of Laksmikanta later on started living here and carried on developmental works and since then it is the biggest settlement of the Sabarna family.
The family also established other pujas like Chandi puja, Jagatdhatri puja etc. and also founded a large number of temples like the Annapurna Temple, Radhakanto temple, Twelve Shiva temples etc. The Barisha Rathayatra Utsav started in 1719 is the oldest in the city and is quite famous. Sabarna Prithivi
There is also a Lord Jagannath Temple(at least 150 years old) at Sakherbazar.
Most notably recalled for being the home of great poet Mohitlal Majumdar, Indian Test cricketer Sourav Ganguly, singer Dipali Nag and actor Arun Banerjee, this predominantly Bengali neighborhood boasts of producing exceptional talents in academia and arts.
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