“KUMORTULI” – The Potters Quarters of Kolkata

KUMORTULI – In Brief
Kumortuli location Kumartuli St, Sovabazar, Sector 1, Shobhabazar, Kolkata, West Bengal,
Best time to visit September, October, November
Nearest Metro Station 
  • Shyambazaar Metro Station (1 KM)
  • Shobhabazar Sutanuti Metro Station (1 KM),

History of Kumortuli

Oldest tradition of making worship idol mainly started from the Kumortuli region of Kolkata and day by day it becomes much more popular. Although from record we can say that the Durga puja was first celebrated by the leader of the Ghurni region of the district of Nadia by Raja Krishnachandra. It is said that the idol making was started in Kumartuli around 300 years ago for making the idol of goddess of Durga by a prominent local zaminder or ruler Raja Nabakrishna Deb of sovabazar area. From that incident many were inspired by this and started idol making in that are which now become popular places for idol making in Kolkata. Initially the zaminders of a certain region of an area celebrated the Durga puja later it came to the hands of different local clubs. As a sign of that tradition now a days we also seen the oldest palace which are mainly famous for the Durga puja only specially in north Kolkata region.

This Kumartuli area become busy in several time in a year specifically from the month of July to last week or first week of October as this time the main festival of Bengali people Durga puja goes on. After that puja and then kali puja came and these places become busiest for some time. The other time also it becomes busy in the month of January as in February mainly the saraswati puja which also takes places in most of the school and colleges or some of household or local club arrange this.

Location of Kumortuli

The famous Kumartuli area is located on the bank of the Hooghly River in north Kolkata. If you want to visit that place you can take metro go to Sovabazar sutanuti metro station and then go by walk in that place. Other way if you’re coming from Howrah then take the ferry near the Howrah station and came to sovabazar ferry ghat which is easily available for the transportation.

How to Reach Kumortuli

  • By Bus – This area is easily connected by roads due to buses plying right next to Kumartuli. You can easily reach here by bus. You can take bus from Esplanade as well as Howrah, Sealdah Railway Station.
  • By Metro – If you want to take metro, you have to get down at Shobhabazar – Sutanuti metro station and walk from there to the locality towards west.
  • By Train – The nearest railway station is Bagbazar which is about ten minutes away from Banmali Sarkar Street. Local trains are always accessible from every part of the city.

How This Name ‘Kumortuli’ Came

As it said that in Bengali ‘tuli’ word refers to a small place or lane and the word ‘Kumor’ means the maker of the pot or something made by clay. So, from this compilation the words Kumartuli came. This name kumor was given specific people for their art of making of the clay port or different deities or its related works.

How the Kumortuli Become the Potter’s Quarters of Kolkata

From the beginning of its time these places become popular for making clay idol as the artisans show an immense technique and their talent to attracted the people. Now a days just not in Kolkata this fame also reached to Whole India as well as different country in the world as a result of that order of making cultural deity also came from these places.

Main Attractions of Kumortuli

The main attraction of Kumortuli is seen when the Durga puja festival came.  The artisan become busy in that upcoming few months mainly from July to October. The people gather there for seeing the making of their goddess idol. Specially in the day Mahalaya, the beginning of festival the eye of the goddess is donated or drawn by special artisan in that area.

In Kolkata almost every local pandal or organization have their idol made from Kumortuli. This time is very important for the potters or artisans also as they get economic help from making this clay idol in that time. The whole year the person in that area waited mainly for this festive season.

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