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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  
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Temples & Legends  Of India
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THE TEMPLES IN BURDWAN

At Gourangapur, a village in the Asansol subdivision, we find a very great impact of Vaishnavism. The very name Gourangapur suggests that Gouranga is another name of Shri Chaitanya Deva. The village contains a beautifully built brick temple, a landmark for miles far and wide, still in fine preservation though deserted, and evidently more than a hundred and fifty years old. The building is known as the temple of Ichhay Ghose, and tradition says that Ichhay Ghose was a devout person who constructed the temple in honor of the goddess Bhagabati.

He is said to have been killed in the battle by a Raja called Lau Sen who according to tradition, was a descendant of Ballal Sen, the kind of Bengal. It is very probable, however, that this supposed Lau Sen is no other than the Burdwan Raja Chitra Sen Rai, who conquered Gopbhum in the middle of the 18th century. Mention has to be made of the temples at Kalna, the administrative headquarters town of a subdivision of the same name. The temples are not old and were built and consecrated by the Maharaja Tej Chandra Bahadur in 1809. 

"The temples, which are all dedicated to Siva, are arranged in concentric circles the outer circle consisting of 66 temples containing black and white lingams alternatively, while the inner circle has 42 temples containing white lingams only. The temples touch one another except where spaces are not for entrance into thecenter. Each temple is a circular domed cell with the lingam in the center. The worship of a hundred and eight phallic emblems of Siva is mentioned in the Tantras as productive of great religious merit. It is said to have special efficacy in averting certain dangers such as social degradation, loss of caste, extinction of one's race, or fatal disease. The number 108 have a great significance.

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