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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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THE TEMPLES IN HOOGHLY

Ballabhpur is a part of Srirampur town in between Serampore and Mahesh. Ballabhpur and the village Mahesh are
famous for its Jagannath temple and for the annual festival of Snan-jatra (bathing festival), Rath-jatra (car festival) and Ulta-rath (the return festival). The Rath-jatra of Mahesh is next in importance to the largest festival of its kind at Puri.

It is said that an ascetic of Mahesh named Dhrubananda Brahmachari had gone on a pilgrimage to Puri. Tradition ascribes to him a dream that Lord Jagannath asked him to return to Mahesh. The Lord promised he would appear at Mahesh. After his return Dhrubananda found an image of Jagannath partly buried in the sands of the river Ganga. A few days later the ascetic found the images of Subhadra and Baladeb in the same place.

The three images were made over to his disciple Kamalakar Piplai and worship began.  Some years afterwards a Nawab of Murshidabad was given shelter during a storm by the Sebaits of the shrine. The Nawab rewarded them with a piece of revenue-free at Mahesh. The Mahesh temple quickly grew in importance. The shebaits came to be known as the Adhikaris. The village of Jagannathpur was given to the Adhikaris as debottar land. The Shebaits started observing the jatras in great pomp.

There is another legend, which mentions that the god Jagannath had stopped and bathed at Mahesh on his way to Puri. The place becoming sacred and the Jagannath worship started followed this. The princely house of the Calcutta Malliks built the present temple.

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