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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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EKTESVARA

Every year the Charak Puja is observed at this shrine with great enthusiasm. The festival, or parab, commences in the middle of the month of Chaitra. On the fourteenth day before the end of the month the pat bhakta as the chief devotee is called, shaves and prepares himself to live the life of an ascetic till the close of the festival.

Long before the dawn of the next day, the loud sound of the drum awakens the sleeping inhabitants of the neighborhood and reminds them that the great parab has approached. On this day the pat bhakta is admitted, for the time being, into the order of devotees, and wears the uttariya or sacred thread.

Hence forward, he daily takes out from the temple the pat or sacred seat, consisting of a wooden plank studded with iron nails and having an iron pillow, and bathes it
in a neighboring tank. From day to day the number of devotees increases.

Clad mostly in coloured clothes, with nothing but coloured napkins to protect their heads and shoulders from the summer sun, these devotees proceed in batches to and from the temple, with baskets of flowers or garlands in their hands, followed by the beating of drums, repeating loudly and fervently the various names of the god Siva.

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