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Temples & Legends of Bengal
Index Of Bengal Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
The Kalighat Temple of Calcutta Ram Krishna Mission Temples
The Temples in Burdwan The Temples in Hooghly
The Temples in Twenty four Parganas The Temples in Midnapore
The Temples in Birbhum Ektesvara - Siva Temple
The Temples In Bankura Jain Temples In Purulia
Kapilmuni Temple at Sagar Island A Chinese Temple
The Tibetan Temple At Bhotbagan Kiriteswari   Temple
Bhattamati Temple  
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE TEMPLES IN 24 PARGANAS

On the way from Diamond Harbor to Kaka-dwip come the villages of Karanjali and Kanta Benia, which also bring nostalgia. The two villages have thrown out a large number of stone images, pillars and terracotta. The images of the deities are mostly Vishnu, Vasudeva or Ganesha. At Kanta Benia village a large image of parshwa Nath is worshipped in the same temple with Bishalakshi Devi. Bishalakshi Devi is the presiding deity of thefishermen. This image of Parshwa Nath is superb. Among the gramya-devtas (village deities) Baba Thakur and Shitala Devi are the more prominent ones.

Baba Thakur is a popular deity and worshipped by all communities. Both Hindus and Muslims worship to Olaichandi or Bibima ward off the epidemics. Particular mention has also to be made of Panihati and Khardaha villages, which were very intimately associated withVaishnavism   and Sri Chaitanya Deva. There are ample references to these villages in the Vaishnava literature of the 16th and 17th centuries like  Jayananda's Chaitanya Mangal, Krishna Das Kabiraj's Shri Chaitanya Charitamrit, and Brindaban Das's Chaitanya Bhagawat. But  these villages have also preserved remnants of Sakti worship, tantricism, Natha cult and Pir-worship.

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