Do You Know Digha and Historic The White Pillar House

Do you know the bata factory in Digha owned a precious historical architectural building? This masterpiece legacy was once owned by the King of Chainpur called “The White Pillar House”.

Like Many precious heritage The White Pillar House is also lesser known to masses and lived in darkness and ignorance of history lovers.

Digha is typically known for vegetable market and key point of business of majority of farmers in locality and nearby areas. The Ganga river flows at its best near digha and its bank is emerging as a new tourist place for lots of people.

Newly constructed JP Setu on ganga that connects Patna from Sonepur and vice versa, has created a mesmerizing scene across the bank of ganga and it is the key reason for people to visit this place to spend their leisure time.

Digha the Bank of Ganga
Digha, Bank of River Ganga

Photography lovers and younger people and some sort of artist found new places to test and experiment their skill. Bank of Ganga near Digha offers all sorts of beauty and aesthetic to support artists to bring their creativity out. 

Of course the majority of folks visit here are artists and lots of folk come here to take in the feeling of a sort of beach and it is a good sign for a place like Digha to emerge as a tourism point.

When Digha History Starts

But the missing thing for the people who visit here is the lack of information about its historical importance. We collected some information of Digha historical importance for you. So come explore the unexplored.

It started with the Battle of Plassey in which British East India Company took victory over the Nawad of Bengals on 23 June 1757. The victory of battle helped Britisher to take control of Bengal. Bihar was then part of Bengal.

To rule, the Britishers feel the need of capable administrators and the specialists of various areas of daily life. As A Result, many educated people with families came to India.

They were posted in many different parts of India and Captain Nahtan was posted in Bengal. His wife Amma Roberts visited Patna during his tenure. She was a writer and her travel stories are a key source of information.

Digha a Historical Place of Importance

English Businessman British Howell whose resident was in Digha and the building in which he lived is built in Duch architecture. Name of this grand building is The Whilte Pillar House.

The White Pillar House
The White Pillar House, Digha

Howell had built a huge farm in Digha. He was operating his business on a very large scale in Digha and no other British businessman at that time can compare with him.

His boat used to travel to Bengal from Digha to catch fish and finished products were supplied to all over India. Howell’s farm also produced different items that were sent to Kolkata and further was sent to London.

Quality of products of Howell’s farm that were manufactured in Digha was not less than that of England. 

Thousands of workers were employed in Digha Farm and they worked throughout the year in different departments. You can imagine how Digha was then developed and was a major business hub of India. 

After the death of Howells his business got a major jerk and his business and empire fell apart. 

The White Pillar House of Digha

After the fall of Digha farm the King of Chainpur had bought the iconic The White PIllar House and later years Bata, a shoe manufacturing brand, had bought this from the king of chainpur.

Currently the historical and Duch architecture masterpiece is the residence of the manager of Bata company. At present The White Pillar House also serves as guest house for Bata Company.

This historic significance needs awareness among people, when we talk about heritage, teach our children to respect glorious craft only than these and many like this can be saved. 

The most prevalent question remains unanswered: who will teach me, us and our successor the hidden and untold past. 

The Study and knowledge of heritage is important for several reasons. It tells you how, when and where people develop the art and architecture in Bihar. 

People are not considered civilized unless they know how to preserve the heritage.

Do you know the once famous Patna Kalam is now extinct.

Anish Kumar Singh

Amature Photographer and Content Writer. From History to Street to landscape to Food everything.

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