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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 BIRBHUM

It was from here that he would explain the themes of Upanishad, Quoran, Bible and other religious books and extol the funda- mental unity of the basis of all religious. A pious Bengali pilgrim described theoriginal sanctuary as follows: "The sanctuary or chapel is a marvelous edifice. The roof is tiled, but the enclosure is of glass, some painted and some colored. The Crystal Palace, London, is a glass house.  We have not heard of any other house besides it made of glass.

Although in magnitude the Shantiniketan sanctuary cannot be compared with famous Crystal Palace, it gives the people some idea as to what sort of edifice the latter is. It undoubtedly is an attraction to the villagers, who come to see it in large numbers. This glass hall is about 60 feet long and about 30 feet broad. The pave- ment is of white marble. There are suitable inscriptions in it in Sanskrit.It has fourgates from four sides of the garden. Towards the eastern the word OM in Bengali, like the figure of the cross in Christian churches,flourishes over the topmost pinnacle.

Suitable inscriptions, both in Sanskrit and Bengali, are inscribed on beautiful pedes- tals for flower vases, and placed at the approach to the holy place. There is a beautiful artificial fountain, which plays on special occasions, and on the two pillars near it are stuck two large pieces of marble, the one bearing an inscription in Sanskrit and the other in Bengali, describing the blessedness of heaven of which the place assuredly is the fore shadow."10


10 From Unity and the Minister 13th October 1901, reproduced in Tattwabodhini Patrika, Vol., XV, part III

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