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Temples & Legends of Bengal
Index Of Bengal Kulapati's Preface
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EKTESVARA

The immediate impression on seeing the temple for the first time is as if the entire structure had suddenly emerged in a supernatural manner by the bank of the river Dwarkeshwar.4 

The image is to be reached by going many steps down the surface and in utter darkness save the pradip (lamp) of the Purohits. One does get awe-struck by the environs.The District Gazetteer of Bankura by L.S.S. O'Malley has an excellent description of the temple which is worth
quotation in extenso: "The village derives its name from a temple dedicated to Siva, called Ektesvara, which is said to have been built by the Rajas of Vishnupur.

A well in this temple contains the symbol of Siva, a lingam called anadi, as it is believed that it sprang up miraculously and was not fashioned by mortal hands. Large gatherings, of which a description is given below, take place here every year on the penultimate day of the month of Chaitra, and besides that the shrine is visited daily, especially on Mondays, by Hindus who come to make offerings or to worship the god."5 

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