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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

From the style of the characters the temples do not appear to date beyond the Mohammedan conquest, or at the utmost to just before. The inscriptions are not dated.1One of them mentions the erection of the temple by oneHarischandra for his beloved: but who Harischandra was or when he built the temple is not mentioned. The temples are particularly interesting being the finest existing examples of their type.

They face east. In the cell of the inscribed one is a Ganesa on a pedestal in front of, which is an oblong argha with three lingam holes cut into it. A peculiarity of these temples, and not of these alone but of the entire series of temples of this type to be found in Manbhum, is the sunk position of the floor of the sanctum.Temple No. 3 stands by itself. Its features are much like those of the temples already described but unlike them it faces west. The object of worship inside is the figure of a fish lying flat; serving as an argha to five lingam holes cut in it.

This sculpture is especially interesting as proving that the fish is essentially a representation of the female powers of nature, a character which it bears in the mythology of other nations, but which appears to have been overlooked or forgotten in Indian mythology, where it, and a similar symbol, the tortoise, are dissociated from the lingam.


1.This is wrong as discussed later.

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