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EVOLUTION Of Cooch Behar Debuttor Trust Board to its present form

     Through Govt. of India Notification (Ministry of Law) the Governor General of India was pleased to issue order “THE STATES’ MERGER (Governors’ Provinces) ORDER-1949” (Appendix-XLIV dt. New Delhi 27th July, 1949), absorbing Provinces to merge with the States.

     By a subsequent Govt. of India Notification (Appendix XLVI dated New Delhi  the 31st December, 1949), the Governor General of India was pleased to issue “THE STATES’ MERGER (West Bengal) ORDER-1949” with relevant amendments of the previously issued notification (as given in previous paragraph) the Province Cooch Behar was merged with the State of West Bengal with effect from 1st January, 1950.

     In terms of the Clauses No. 8 of the Agreement made between the Governor General of India and His Highness the Maharaja of Cooch Behar on the 28th August, 1949 (vide D.O. No. F 15 (19) – P/49 Ministry of States New Delhi dated 31st August, 1949).

     The Management of the Temples and Debutter properties in the state may be entrusted to a Trust  which shall consist of :
  • His Highness as President,
  • three nominees of His Highness and
  • two nominees of Government.
     This Trust will be in-charge of all temples in the State and will also administer the properties of the temples both inside and outside the State.

The Govt. of West Bengal in Land and Land Revenue Deptt. (Land Revenue Branch) formed the Cooch Behar Religious Trust (vide order no. 8900 – L.R. dated Calcutta, the 14th May, 1956) as follows :
1. His Highness the Maharaja Bhup Bahadur of Cooch Behar (President)
2. Sri S.C. Roy Singha
3. Sri Dharani Sankar Bhattacharjee, M.A.B.L.
4. Sri Devendrananda Chakraborty, M.A.B.L.
5. The Deputy Commissioner, Cooch Behar
6. The Sub-divisional Officer, Sadar, Cooch Behar
[Note : Sl. nos. 2, 3 & 4 are Members (Nominee of His Highness); sl. nos.5 & 6 are Ex-Officio -Members ]

     For smooth functioning of the Cooch Behar Religious Trust, the Government of West Bengal through Gazette Notification (vide L & L.R. Deptt. Vide their No. 10777-LR dated Calcutta the 24th June, 1996) Published “The Cooch Behar Religious Trust Rules, 1966” wherein the formation, its office, powers and functions of the Trust have been defined.
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     The said notification also reiterated the formation of the Trust as given above. However the said formation was amended (vide Board of Revenue Notification No. 11086 C CBDT/6/81 dated 10-09-1981) as follows :-

     The “Cooch Behar Religious Trust” was also known as “Debuttor Trust Board, Cooch Behar”.

Instead of mentioning the names of the members the formation of the Trust became as follows :-
1. The Successor of the erstwhile Maharaja of Cooch Behar according to law and custom (President)
2. Member
3. Member
4. Member  
5. Deputy  Commissioner, Cooch Behar
6. Sub-div. Officer (Sadar), Cooch Behar
[Note : Sl. nos. 2, 3 & 4 are to be nominated by the President;  sl. nos.5 & 6 are Ex-Officio -Members ]

     After obtaining the consent of the Members of the Debuttor Trust, Cooch Behar, the Govt. of West Bengal, Board of Revenue Deptt. Section A.IV, CBDT Branch) through Govt. notification No-6771-CBDT/3/79 dated Kolkata the 22nd July, 1988.) directed that the supervisory function of the Board of Revenue West Bengal in relation to the Cooch Behar Religious Trust was transferred to the Tourism Deptt. Govt. of West Bengal with effect from the date of issue of that notification.

     The Cooch Behar Religious Trust Rules, 1966 was again amended on the occasion of having no direct progeny Maharaja, vide notification No. 1115-TW/9T-3/97 (III) Kolkata, the 21st May, 2004 of Tourism Department, Govt. of West Bengal, as the State Govt. shall have the liberty to nominate any nominee of the Govt. as “President” of the Trust”.

     In continuation of the said amendment the Govt. of West Bengal in Tourism Deptt. had issued Order vide No. 1155-TW/9T-3/97 (pt. III) dated 27-05-2004 that the District Magistrate, Cooch Behar, a nominee of the State Govt. as a Trustee of the Trust was appointed as President of the Cooch Behar Debuttor Trust.


PROPERTIES of Cooch Behar Debuttor Trust Board

     In West Bengal (within Cooch Behar district) 
Sl. no. Name of the TempleDistance from H.Q.DescriptionParticulars of Land Remarks
Area in AcreMouzaJ.L. No.Khatian No.
  Under COOCH BEHAR Sub-Division
1.  Madan Mohan Temple 0 K.M. At H.Q. of the Cooch Behar Town 2.190 Sadar 130 3656 .
2.  Anandamoyee Dharmasala 0 K.M. Adjacent to Madan Mohan Temple 0.690 Sadar 130 3656 .
3.  Rajmata Temple 0 K.M. B.S. Road (North) (near Cooch Behar Bus Stand) 0.535 Sadar 130 3656 .
4.  Dangarayee Temple with Market Complex 0 K.M. Gunjabari (near Cooch Behar Bus Stand) 1.570 Sadar 130 390, 392, 394 .
5.  Anathnath Shiva Temple 0 K.M. Dharmatala Bhabaniganj Bazar at Central Location 0.228 Sadar 130 P/3488 .
6.  Hirannya Garva Shiva Temple 0 K.M. West side of Sagar Dighi 0.130 Sadar 130 6089 .
7.  Barodevi Mandir 0 K.M. Debibari 2.020 Sadar 130 6064 a small part encroached by 3 local persons
8.  Kaviraj Khana 0 K.M. N. N. Road (front of Rajbari) 0.720 Sadar 130 O/37 a small portion has been encroached
9.  Kaviraj Bagan 0 K.M. S. N. Road (near Dharmatala) 0.745 Sadar 130 P/3488 a small portion has been encroached
10.  Mali Quarter 0 K.M. (near M. J. N. Hospital) 0.200 Sadar 130 O/49 .
11.  Keshab Ashram 0 K.M. Patakura (near Fanshir Ghat) 2.402 Sadar 130   .
12.  Sani Mandir 0 K.M. Dharmatala (Powerhouse Chowpathi) 0.052 Sadar 130 P/3488 adjoining land is encroached by a local Club
13.  Baneswar Shiva Temple with Mohan Dighi 10 K.M. Baneswar 0.270 Baneswar 33 904  
14.  Siddheswari Temple 12 K.M. Siddheswari 1.060 Siddheswari 97 1138  
15.  Haripur Shiva Temple with Shiv Dighi 12 K.M. (near Dhumpur Dham) 0.560 Haripur 68 297  
16.  Dhaluabari Shiva Temple 5 K.M. (near Torsa Bridge) 0.580 Dhaluabari 239 1040  
17.  Bamakali Temple 15 K.M. Gasaiganj 0.820 Gosaiganj 252 419  
18.  Torsapir Dham 5 K.M. (near Torsa Bridge) 1.950 Gudam Maharaniganj 128 180  
Sl. no. Name of the Temple Distance from H.Q. Description Area in Acre Mouza J.L. No. Khatian No. Remarks
  Under TUFANGANJ Sub-Division
19. Tufanganj Madan Mohan Temple24 K.M. Tufanganj 1.090Andaran Fulbari718712 
20. Dameswar Shiva Temple33 K.M. Dameswar Barokodali 0.400Barokodali961407 
21. Chandi Temple with Agri. Land19 K.M. Maruganj 1.430Ayarani Chitalia401602/1 
22. Ghuneswari Temple with Agri. Land29 K.M. Chamta, Balabhut 0.630Chamta922153 
23. Balaram Temple with Agri. Land33 K.M. Bhuchungmari, Natabari 2.970Bhuchungmari37441 
24. Sandeswar Shiva Temple with Agri. Land30 K.M. Nakkatigachh, Balabhut 2.250Nakkatigachh1141228 
  Under DINHATA Sub-Division
25. Dinhata Madan Mohan Temple25 K.M. Dinhata 0.840Dinhata1084203 
26. Kamteswari Temple with Agri. Land37 K.M. Gosanimari 0.840Bhitar Kamta9899 
  Under MATHABHANGA Sub-Division
27. Mathabhanga Madan Mohan Temple with Dighi45 K.M.


  Under MEKHLIGANJ Sub-Division
28. Mekhliganj Madan Mohan Temple104 K.M.



     Outside West Bengal (UTTAR PRADESH) 
Sl. no. Name of the Temple Distance from H.Q. Description Area in Acre Mouza J.L. No. Khatian No. Remarks
29. Cooch Behar Kalibari, Sonarpura, Varanashi 750 K.M.

Varanashi (U.P.)

2.057 Applied for mutation a small part is encroached by local shop owner
30. Cooch Behar Vrindaban Kunja, Mathura 1000 K.M. Mathura (U.P.) 0.110 To be applied for .

   Gold : As daily use with deities - 3.30 Kg  > Received from Devotees (approx. 1 Kg kept at Strong room)

Silver : As Bars kept at Cooch Behar Treasury - 70 Kg


CONTACTS of the Debuttor Trust Board
PIN – 736101
PHONE NUMBER – 03582 222225
FAX NUMBER – 03582-222225
E-mail : debuttor.trust@rediffmail.com
Lodging facility of Debuttor Trust Board
Total Beds – 36 Nos.
Rooms – 4 Nos.
Hire charges of Beds :-
       1.  16 Beded Room – Rs.50/- per bed (1 Room)
       2.  8 Beded Rooms – Rs.60/- per bed (2 Rooms)
       3.  4 Beded Room – Rs.75/- per bed (1 Room)

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