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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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Temples & Legends Of India
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THE TEMPLES IN HOOGHLY

He tried to dig up the stone, and spent a whole day at the work without reaching its lower side. During the night he dreamed that Tarakeswar (a form of Siva) appeared to him and ordered him not to dig up the stone, but to build over it a temple of which he should be the Mahant. Varamal Singh then went and related his dream to his brother Vishnu Das, whose help he asked. The two sacred stone and Varamal Singh became its first Mahant.The originaltemple having fallen into decay, the present build- ing was erected by the Raja of Burdwan. Chintamani Dey of Howrah is said to have erected the marble hall in front of theshrine in gratitude for having been miraculously cured of disease in answer to prayer offered at the shrine."

Previously the management of the temple was in the hands of a Mahant, a celibate of the Dashami order of sanyasis. Other Mahants of the order selected the Mahant from the chelas or disciples. Some year's back there was a protracted litigation and now the management of the temple is in the hands of a Trust. Hooghly, the head quarters of the district along with the adjoining town of Chinsura had attracted the European traders since the 16th century. The Portuguese had set up their first church in 1599. During the days of the Portuguese and Mughals, Bandel was also treated as a part of Hooghly. The present Bandel church was built in 1660.

The name Bandel is derived from the Bengali word Bandar, which means a port. An old and important placelike Hooghly naturally has old temples.Themain temples are either Vaishnavite or Shaivite. There is a very large Thakurbari dedicated to Radha-Krishna where there is an attractive temple of Radha-Krishna. As important as the Radha-Krishna temple is the Bara Akhra or a religious meeting place.The Bara Akhra is ascribed to Chaturdash Babaji who came to Bali about 300 years back and had settled there.His tomb is still there held in great esteem by all sections of people belonging to different creeds.

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