Jalpaiguri: Historical temple of ‘Debi Chaudhurani’ has been burnt in fire on Friday midnight. The temple was situated in Sikarpur of Jalpaiguri. The story of Bhabani Pathak started from here.
Local people noticed massive fire is engulfing the temple, so they informed the fire brigade. Two fire tenders reached the spot but could not control the fire.
Literary emperor Bankimchandra Chatterjee wrote ‘Debi Choudhurani’ where he described the temple. The temple and the adjacent dense forest was the area of Bhabani Pathak. The entire journey of ‘Prafulla’ to become ‘Debi Choudhurani’ happened in this place.
Apart from Bhabani Pathak, the area used to be a den of rebels. Many had used the place as shelter to avoid the British government surveillance. The temple was carrying testimonies to that history.