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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 BIRBHUM

The haridhwani or chanting of god's name that is frequently raised by the pallbearers and the other environs of this crematorium by Bakreswar makes the place an ideal resort for the Tantriks.  The Samadhi of the famous Aghori Baba, a great Siddha Tantrik is right in the middle of the crematorium and it is said that Aghori Baba used to sit at the very same place for his meditations. There is another Samadhi of another Tantrik Sadhak named Pramatha Chakravarthy.

There are various stories of Aghori Baba, some fantastic and some lurid, which are still prevalent throughout the area. It is fondly but fearfully repeated that Aghori Baba would be surrounded by Bhairabis and Bhairabis at the dead of night and would drink out of human skulls. In this place of pilgrimage essentially for the Saivas we also find a ten-armed image of Shakti in the Mahishamardini post. This image is not very old.

Some years back an eighteen-armed stone image of Shakti in Mahishamardini pose was discovered embedded in a tank at Bakreswar. There appears to be considerable force in the theory that this was the original deity at that temple. Now the deity is installed in the house of pujaris at Delhi Bakreswar. On either side of the deity and the top nine manifestations of Shakti are sculptured. It is a superbly executed image.

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Brick-built deul at Bhandirban near Suri, Birbhum Dist. Bengal
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