|A unique Siva
temple is located at the small village of Ektesvara, two miles from Bankura. Bankura is a
fairly large town and is the headquarters of a district bearing the same name. Bankura is
easily accessible by train as well as by road. There are Dak Bungalows and hotels of
moderate standard at Bankura. Taxis, hackney carriages and rickshaws are available.
The manifestations of Lord Siva are, indeed, many. Some of them are Virupaksha, Revata,
Sureshwar, Jayanta, and Aparajita etc. A peculiar manifestation of his Rudra Murti is
Ekapada. This Ekapada image of Lord Siva is extremely rare in India.The deity has
one foot but two hands. It has been mentioned: -
keeps in his left hand the khatvanga, bana, chakra, damaru, mudgara, varada, akshamala,
while the right hand keeps the dhanus, ghanta, kapala, kaumud, (ardhachandra?), tarjani,
ghata, parasu and chakra
(Sakti?). It is stated that the worship of this deity secures to the votary all material
2 Elements of Hindu Iconography, T.A. Gopinath Rao,
Vol. II, Part II, p. 388.