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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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THE TEMPLES IN BANKURA

The temples dedicated to Lord Siva are found scattered throughout the district. The Siva Gajans or melas associated with the worship of Lord Siva are often the scene of various types of self-immolation. Charak or swinging by rope fixing an iron hook to the body mentioned elsewhere was a common feature throughout Bankura
district in connection with the Siva Gajans. This has now been prohibited but fire walking is still observed at certain places. Chandi Devi is also another favourite deity in this district.

The impact of Jainism in Bankura district was once as great as that in Purulia district discussed elsewhere.  There are still a number of Jain relics scattered in the district. But the Jain relics at villages Sonatopal, Bahulara, Dharapat,Harmasrah, Paresnath (near Ambiknagar village) are now taken as Hindu relics and some of the intact images are daily worshipped as Hindu deities.

The temples at Dharapat and Bahulara villages have got naked Jain images, which are known as "Nangta Thakur" or the naked deities. The influence of Jainism has abated by the impact of Brahmanism and later by the spread of Vaishnava religion and the temple at Dharapat is one of the greatest illustrations of this adjustment of three different religious creeds.3


3 Bankurar Mandir by Amiya Kumar Bandopadhyaya, p. 77.

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