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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  
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Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE TEMPLES IN BANKURA

It is said that this deity which is nothing but a round stone with two metallic eyes was set up about eleven hundred years before. The Dharmaraj here is also known as Buro Dharma. The Dom Purohits of Dharmaraj or Dharma Thakur are known as Dharma Pandits. The village Mainapur about 14-mile south-east of Bishnupur, a subdivisional headquarters of Bankura, is a typical example of non-Aryan religious beliefs cult of the Aryans.

This is a village where Brahminism has little hold.  The predominant element of the population comes from the Scheduled Castes. Yatra Siddhi Dharma Thakur is the presiding deity and there is a small tank known as Hakanda Dighi, the water of which is taken to be as pure as the water of the river Ganga.

There are any number of smaller Dharma Thakurs known by different names such as Bankura Roy, Khudi Roy, Sital Narayan, and Chand Roy. Either earthen tortoises or stone pieces represent all these Dharma Thakurs. At one time they were all separately worshipped but now all these smaller deities are collected in the temple of Yatra Siddhi Dharma Raj.

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