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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 BURDWAN

He says, "incorporated as many of the Tantrik Buddhist divinities as they could possibly do without jeopardizing their reputation for orthodoxy. But there were still divinities, to which even with their wonderful power of adaptation, they could not venture to give a place in thePantheon, and one of these is Dharma. Orginally Dharma was the second person in the Buddhist Trinity, but the term came to be applied to the worship of stupas, the visible emblem of Buddhism to the ignorant multitude. 

"Dharma worship remained confined to the lowest classes of the people the dirtiest, meanest and most illiterate classes. All the lowest forms of worship rejected by the Brahmans gradually rallied round Dharma, and his priests throughout Bengal enjoy a certain consideration which often excites the envy of higher-placed rivals the Brahmans, who, though hating them with a genuine hatred, yet covet their earnings wherever these are considerable; and there are instances in which the township of Dharma has passed into Brahman hands, and has been, by them, trans- formed into a manifestation either of Siva or of Vishnu."

After recapitulating the arguments by which he identifies Dharma worship as a survival of Buddhism, the Pandit goes on to say: "The Dharma worshippers are fully aware that Dharma is not an inferior deity, he is higher than Vishnu, higher than Siva, higher than Brahma and even higher than Parvati. His position is, indeed, as exalted as that of Brahma in Hindu philosophy.

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