The South Park Street Cemetry

Ok,so this type of a post is completely new ground for me!
Here are some photos of The South Park Street Cemetry in Calcutta I took on a visit with friends,around two years ago.Opened in 1767 and closed in 1790,it had slipped into near oblivion,due to lack of care and shoddy maintainence.However,when the screen adaptation of Satyajit Ray’s story “Gorosthaney Sabdhan”(Danger At The Graveyard),a part of the hugely popular detective series Feluda,was shot at the cemetry,where a large part of the story is based,the private owners(another interesting feature) regained their senses,and the cemetry is now a treat for those interested in history and Calcutta’s heritage.It houses around 1600 graves,most notably those of Sir William Jones,founder of The Asiatic Society;Sir Henry Vivian Derozio,renowned poet; and of Job Charnock credited to be the founder of Calcutta as a city.

I have instagrammed the photos today and thought it would make a really nice post!
(The third photo was reproduced from wikipedia)

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Now for the two most interesting tombs.I read about the first one in wikipedia today,and do not have a photo.I will just reproduce the wiki lines:-
“”A virtuous mother (died 1825)”, that is all Grave 363 in the cemetery has to say. It seems as if that she chose to remain anonymous.”

And the second is the tomb of Major General Charles Hindoo Stuart whose tomb is in the form of Hindu temple,because he had changed his religion to Hinduism in practice,performing Hindu rituals and bathing regularly in the Ganges.

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23 thoughts on “The South Park Street Cemetry

  1. Old graveyards can be fascinating places, full of history and sometimes a little mystery as with the virtuous mother you mention.

    Just one question, I see in the first photo that the cemetery was set up under the management of a statutory “body” – do you think they were having a laugh? šŸ˜‰

    • Haha!That’s what I call “dead” humor!
      Well,we will have to go back in time to find out,but if you ask me,hell yeah they must have been:D

  2. Wonderful graveyard!
    Although the photos give me some creepy feeling… getting the feel of movies like 100 days, chamatkar and all…Aahat…eew!

  3. You did a great job of a ‘new’ subject.
    Was wondering what Charles ‘Hindoo’ Stewart’s remains are doing in a Christian cemetery if he had indeed converted!

        • it’s plumb on the intersection of lower circular road and park street.I am not that good with bus routes anyway,but I think if you take the metro,park street metro is a 10 min walk from the cemetry..
          P.S.there are two cemetrys in that area.the other one still functional,so don’t end up in the wrong one!You can’t miss the gate though!

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