Curzon Gate

Curzon Gate

The Curzon Gate is a prominent landmark in Bardhaman city in Purba Bardhaman district in West Bengal, India. Located at the crossing of Bijoy Chand Road and Grand Trunk Road, it was built in 1902/1903, on the occasion of the coronation of Maharaja Bijay Chand Mahatab. The former royal palace is located 1 km from the gate. The pomp and grandeur of Lord Curzon’s visit to Bardhaman in 1904 established the name of the gate as Curzon Gate. The gate arch is supported by eight circular columns. Three female figurines, with swords, boats, and sheaves of corn in their hands, on the arch signify progress in agriculture and commerce. There are twenty-one circles with twenty-one illustrations at the top portion of the gate. The structure was constructed by masons from Italy. After independence, the gate was referred to as Bijoy Toran, but it is still popular as Curzon Gate, or rather the Bengali pronunciation – Karjon Gate. From 1974, the gate is being maintained by the Public Works Department of the Government of West Bengal.

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