Started in 1300 B.S. (1893), Tripti was a Bengali monthly journal devoted to religion and philosophy. The hallmark of the journal was its complex variety of religious and philosophical themes written mostly in theoretical and allegorical language. The journal published essays, commentaries, novels, poems, obituaries, and book and journal information. Literary critiques were also published occasionally. The editorial comments were mostly insightful and critical. The contributors discussed abstract ideas, which seemed to have restricted the journal’s readership to interested and concerned readers.
The key themes and ideas that featured prominently in the journal included ‘Pantha’ (Way to Salvation), ‘Abatar’ (Incarnation), ‘Tripti’ (Satisfaction), ‘Mrityu’ (Death), ‘Swapno Darshan’ (Theory of Dreams), ‘Bigyan Tattva’ (Theory of Science), ‘Purba Rag’ (Prior Love), ‘Dharma Jagat’ (The World of Religion), ‘Bhakta’ (Devotee), ‘Gyani’ (The Intellectual), and ‘Deho o Mon’ (Body and Mind). Authors who contributed to the journal were Ramdayal Majumdar, Radhagobinda Bandyopadhyay, Khetromohan Jyotiratna, Kalicharan Mitra, Manimohan Sen, Lali Krishna Basu, Charuchandra Mukhopadhyay, Purna Chandra Ghosh, Khetranath Bhattacharya, Anandagopal Ghosh, Durganath Sarkar, Sashibhushan Mukhopadhyay, and Prasad Das Mukhopadhyay. The poems and songs published in the journal often devoted attention to Puranic narratives surrounding Hindu deities, especially goddesses such as Kali and Durga. The theory of devotion (Bhakti) was central to many of the writings.
The essays published in Tripti, however, were not confined to religious and philosophical issues. Other themes of society, culture and history were also included. Some such contributions were: ‘Narittva ba Stri Shiksha’ (Femininity or Women’s Education); ‘Sundarbone Lokbash Chhilo Kina?’ (Was There Human Habitation in the Sundarbans?); ‘Chiner Bibaran’ (A Description of China); ‘Bangala Sahitya’ (Bengali Literature); ‘Nader Shar Dilli Akromon’ (Nadir Shah’s Invasion of Delhi); ‘Rajput Birattva’ (Rajput Heroism) and ‘Ek Byaktir Upor Shashon o Bichar Bhar Nyasto Thaka Uchit Kina? (Should the Responsibility of Administration and Adjudication be Vested in One Person?). The book and journal reviews published were brief but critical.