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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

The temple represents the beads in a rosary, and these symbolize the letters in the Sanskrit alphabet. The fifty letters counted from beginning to end and again the other way give us the figure 100. To this is added "8" as representing the groups (a, ka, cha, ta, tha, pa, ya, ca) into which the letters are arranged. There is
yet one more bead called the meru or pole, which serves to separate the two terminal beads and which, by its peculiar shape, apprises the votary that the full tale of the beads has been told.

Accordingly there is a 109 th temple standing outside the temple grounds, typifying the meru or the polar bead. It may be interesting to note that the word"aksha", which is a Sanskrit synonym of rosary, is acompound of the two letters "a" and "ksha" (respectively  the first letter and the meru). Among the other temples in the grounds of the palace are a very fine one of a carved brickwork dedicated to Siva, two temples dedicated to Krishna, and several smaller ones erected and consecrated by the maid servants of the Raj."

But some words are necessary regarding the temples and the deities of the so-called lower castes of this area. The
district of Burdwan had been the seat of a settled civilization from very early times. It may be mentioned that the town itself has been identified with the Parthalis or Portalis, which, according to the Greek geographers was the royal city of the Gangarides. Damodar and Ajay and Amystis. The early Aryan invaders must have had a rough time with the primitive inhabitants like the Mallis, Bagdis and the Bauris. Even now these castes and communities from a very important role as laborers and cultivators.

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