Jungle all around. Even during the day where the body became creepy! In the dense forest, there is the Ratanti Kali temple. On Magh Chaturdashi (14th day), the worship of Ratanti Kali is performed with pomp and splendor. Bhoot (Ghost) is also worshiped here on Chaturdashi. Because it is said, Raghu Dakat- The Robinhood of Bengal used to worship this Kali in the new moon of Kartik!
It is said that about two hundred years ago, Raghu Dakat was chased by the British police from Nadia and he camped in the forest of Attahas in Ketugram. According to the scriptures, Sati’s lips fell here. That is why the name of this Sati Peeth is Attahas. It was in this forest that Raghu goes for robbery after worshipping Goddess Kali. Then with his group, he starts looting freely in Birbhum, Murshidabad, and Burdwan.
Since then Raghu has been known as the devotee of robber Kali. Puja is performed with pomp. Once upon a time there was human sacrifice. Customs have changed over time. But the name of Raghu Dakat is still associated with Devi. Priest Mahendrashankar Giri said, this puja Raghu Dakat is also worshipped.
It is heard that Raghu Dakat used to appear on the night of Kartik-Amabasya. The stories of the elders of the area are still circulating. They are all fairy tales now.
Curly hair on his head, gold big ring around his neck, gold bracelets on both arms, gold bracelets on his hands, job robbery – it seems we are talking of Robinhood.
No, the one we are talking about Raghu Dakat- The Robinhood of Bengal. Raghu was a robber. He was called the Robinhood of Bengal. Of course, there were good reasons to say that. Because he was a friend of the poor.
It has never been heard that people in financial difficulties came back empty hand from Raghu’s door asking for help. Financially, the marriage of a poor girl is getting stuck, Raghu used to put some money in his father’s pocket. Someone’s house was burnt down; Raghu was the first to appear there. He was therefore highly respected in the eyes of the poor.
Raghu was a threat to the British government. It was insulting for a Bengali robber to become so popular. So, to the police, he was the ‘Most Wanted Criminal’. There was also an announcement that he would be rewarded with a large sum of money if he was caught.
Ordinary people did not fall into that trap. Therefore, the police could not find Raghu’s whereabouts. Even though the locals knew his address, they did not say that there was no question of handing him over to the police.
There is a story behind Raghu’s robbery line. It is said that Raghu’s father died after being beaten by the pike-pedestrians of Nilkuthi. Raghu was only a teenager then. Then he became desperate to avenge his father’s death.
He knew the game of stick well. That becomes the weapon. He went to the police station and set it on fire, looting the indigo factory. He continued to encourage local youth to join his team. The locals also saw that so far someone had come who their own man, speaking on their behalf. He was also spending all the money on looting. So, the support and blessings of the people were with Raghu. Ordinary people were his inspiration, his shield. So the police never even touched Raghu.
Raghu Dakat was worshiped as a demigod in human form by the poor due to his love for the poor. Raghu Dakat also created a great terror among the people. In the fear of being caught up by the gang of dacoits, none dared to step in and around the temple in the forest. However, Ram Prasad a well knows keen devotee of goddess kali happened to pass by the way of the Kali temple; dacoits chained Ram Prasad and kept him for offering to the goddess as a sacrifice. Ram Prasad pleaded to Raghu dakat to release him and allow him to sing the last song in praise of goddess kali before being killed.
Raghu dakat also an ardent devotee of kali agreed to the last wishes of Ram Prasad. The entire gang of dacoits of Raghu was spellbound to hear Ram Prasad sing. Raghu Dakat to his wonder had a vision of the divine mother waiting for herself for being sacrificed with her neck. Raghu dakat submitted to the divine mother and begged for her forgiveness and promised to stop the human sacrifice. Thereafter Raghu Dakat became a passionate follower of Ram Prasad.
In history, this Raghu survives in the writings of a few writers. There are thousands of stories surrounding him. Some are true, some are myth!