Kendubillo (also known as Joydeb Kenduli) is a temple town in Birbhum-Murshidabad district of West Bengal. It is believed to be the birthplace of Joydeb, 12th century Sanskrit poet, and has an old temple. Poet Joydeb is famous for lyrical composition Geeta Gobinda. A fair is held during Makara Sankranti (mid January). It is located on the bank of the Ajay River.
According to legend, Joydeb could not bathe in the river Ganges during Makar Sankranti and became very sad and disappointed. He dreamt that Goddess Ganges would change her course and flow by the side of his residence. He would find a lotus in the high tide and that would signify the flow of river Ganges. Next day, Joydeb saw a lotus floating on the river on the nearest ghat (the bathing place). Since then Kenduli became a popular place for annual fair, named after the poet.
Certain places in the neighbouring state of Odisha also lay claim as the birth place of the poet Joydeb.
- The nearest railway stations are at Durgapur (on the Howrah-Delhi track) and Dubrajpur on the Andal-Sainthia line.
- It is located 7km off the Dubrajpur-Ilambazar Road. Ilambazar is on the Panagarh-Santiniketan highway. There also is a road from Shibpur Mor (Near Durgapur) with a fair weather bridge across the Ajay River.
- Ideally one can hire a car/taxi at Durgapur(30 km one way), Santiniketan or Bolpur (30 km one way) to visit this place.
Walk or have you transport from nearby towns.
- Temple with exquisite carvings. The temple named Radha Vinod temple was set up by Burdwan royal family in the year 1683. This is a navaratna temple with excellent terracotta artifact on its wall
- Makar Sankranti mela (mid January) is one of the major rural fairs in Birbhum. It is famous for the participation of 'bauls' (itinerant singers) from different places.
There is a lot to buy in the fair, otherwise nothing.
Normally only tea and snacks are available but during the fair many food stalls are set up.
Hard drinks are not available.
No hotels. During the fair, villagers rent out rooms.