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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 HOOGHLY

This district with physiographical features as mentioned before and close to Calcutta will naturally be one of the most advanced districts from education and culture point of view. The river board of the district had attracted the Portuguese as early as 1535 and the Dutch near about 1615. The first Englishman to visit Bengal was Ralph Fitch
who came to Hooghly about 1588. The Danish East India Company had also tried their fortune in Hooghly district just as the French, Prussians and the Flemish had done.

The Christian Missions have had their great contribution in and through it the whole of Bengal. Among the first Christian Missionaries were the Augustinian. Friars who came from Goa to Bandel in the second half of the 16th century and built the Bandel Church and monastery in 1599. The Jesuits had come to Hooghly before the close of the 16th century. There was a Jesuit College in Hooghly in 1623. According to an uncontradicted account, two of the daughters of Nur Jahan had become Christian and taken up their abode with the Jesuits in the Portuguese settlement of Hooghly.

The Capuchins had established them selves first in Chandernagore in 1703.The first Protestantminister to visit an English factory in Hooghly was Rev. John Evans in 1678. A chapel was in use in 1679. The first organized mission was the Serampore mission where the Baptist Missionary Society was formed in 1792 and this mission collected Carey, Ward,Marshman, Brunsdon and Grant soon after. This group translated the Bible in Sanskrit, Persian and a large number of other Indian languages. The preaching was done entirely in the vernaculars and a fairly wide Bengali Christian literature was the direct outcome. They also contributed towards lexicon and general literature.

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