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The "Black Pagoda" near Kumartuli on Rabindra Sarani (previously Chitpur Road)has lost its heritage value because of sheer negligence both by the local residents and the goverment. This temple that was damaged in 1737 earthquake and cyclone was again faced major destruction in 1813. The main big Pancharatna temple took all the impact. Presently what we are seeing are just
Above image: This is the present state of the "Black Pagoda" near Kumartuli on Rabindra Sarani. Note the styles - Nabaratna, Dochala and a later day Shikhar. This is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva ...........
remnants. Though there is some semblance of modification done, it has to be restored back to original structure, indeed a tough task that needs lots of money.
In the 1829 painting – “Chitpore road and the Black Pagoda” by Thomas Princep and in the 1830 painting “Hindu Mut in the Chitpore Bazar” by Charles D’Oyly, the temple is portrayed in its dilapidated condition. It is strongly believed that that the original temple was more than 165 feet in height and it was taller than the ‘Octerlony Monument’ (present day Shahid Minar).