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Temples & Legends of Bengal
Index Of Bengal Kulapati's Preface
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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
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THE TEMPLES IN BIRHBUM

It is an example of the Nava-Ratna or the nine-towered type of temple, in which one central tower is surrounded by two sets of corner towers at two different with brick tiles representing the various incarnations of Vishnu and scenes from the Ramayana, including the war between the monkeys and the demons."3

The body of the poet was buried and not burnt. His tomb is still to be seen atKenduli surrounded by groves, flowering bushes and trees. A square piece of stone said to have been used by Jayadeva as his seat at the time of worship is preserved in a small hut near the Ajay River. The temple was actually built by Maharaja Kirti Chand Bahadur of Burdwan, and dedicated to the God in Sakabda 1605 i.e., over 200 years ago.  There is another temple erected by the Mahant of Kenduli in the early part of this century.

BANSULI TEMPLE AT NANNUR

Nannur, a small village of Suri subdivision in Birbhum district is the traditional birthplace of the great Vaishnava poet Chandidas. The village is about 24 miles east of Suri and 9 miles from Bolpur. Chandidas was a famous lyric poet of the 14th century and his devotional padavalis are well known throughout Bengal and beyond. Their popularity is so great that many later poets of inferior merit have not hesitated to compose lyrics following the style of Chandidas and have tried to pass them as the handy-work of the great Master.

Mr.R.C.Dutt, I.C.S., one of the well-known scholar administrators in India mentions the following traditions regarding the life of Chandidas:

"The traditions current about the life of Chandidas give us some clue to the nature of the rivalry which has ever existed in Bengal between the Vaishnava and Sakta creeds.  

3 Archaeological Survey - Annual Report, 1923, p.33.

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