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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

But for their uniformity the impression left on the mind of one threading the labyrinth would be that he was visiting the older portion of some cemetery, so precisely similar in style and appearance are these smaller temples to the tombs most affected by our predecessors of the 18th century. To the southwest of this curious group are three tanks of various sizes known as the Shat katali, the Chandra Sayer and the Damu Sayer. Their origin is lost in the mists of time, but the attendant priests aver that they are named after the votaries at whose expense they were excavated.

Southwards the hot springs, to which this mass of buildings owes its existence, send skyward their clouds of sulphurous vapor. They are eight in number and of varying temperature that of the hottest, known as the Agni Kundu, is not far short of 200 degrees Fahr. Each is enclosed in acistern 10 feet in depth, and of dimensions ranging from a square of 9 feet to a rectangle of 75 by 30 feet.

Bathers descend to the healing waters by easy steps, considerable pains are taken to remove the scum and cleanse these Bethesdas from the snakes and frogs, which commit suicide in their boiling depths. The origin of the group is detailed with much unction in a palm-lead,chronicle, which is carefully preserved.Siva Hatakakhya, it appears dwells in Hades (Patel) and bears on his head the lofty mountain Sumeru, down whose side meanders the sacred river Bhagirathi.

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