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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

At last, the unhappy Bhairav arrived at Kasi, where his prayers were partly effectual. The head dropped off, but a wound remained and refused to heal. Distracted with pain Bhairav began his wanderings anew, and they ended not till he had reached Bakreswar and bathed in the spring which bears his name. Here he also plunged his tortured limb in the Pap Hara (sindestroyer), as that portion of the river Bakreswar, which lies eastward of the spring, is styled. These repeated ablutions were effectual in removing the pain and scars.

The legend of Khar Kundu is that in the Satya Yuga the ocean was drunk dry by the same Maharshi Agasta and only got back its waters after a prolonged course of bathing and ablutions to Siva on the banks of this spring. An annual mela is held at Bakreswar. It commences on the day preceding the Sivarathri in Phalgun (February or March) and lasts for about a week. The mela is very popular particularly for the lower classes of Birbhum and the surrounding districts. Bath in the Pap Hara River and participation in the festivities and a visit to the temples precedes or follows buying goods that are offered for sale. The stoneware’s of Pattakona in Burdwan, vessels of brass and bell metal, mats, piece goods, plantains from Katwa and consumer's goods from Calcutta have a
good turnover. A temporary city of thirty or forty thousand inhabitants replaces the villages of pilgrimage.

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