were also converted but even after conversion they stuck to many of their original
practices. The village Mahanad even now shows a number of broken images of Batuk Bhairab,
Kala Bhairab, Haraparwati etc.Jateshwarnath temple at Mahanad marks a high complex of Siva
and Sakti Puja. In the old times there used to be a very large meal at Mahanad during
Sivaratri festival. The mela has declined now partially due to themelas at Tarakeswar and
partially because communications to Mahanad village are extremely bad.At the temple of
Jateshwar- nath there is an iron postfixed on a high platform, which is worshipped
as Mahakal or Kala Bhairab.
There are also images of
Batuk Bhairab and one Ekapad Bhairab. These images are worshipped. It is interesting to
observe that the Hindus and the Buddhists worship both Mahakal. The image of Mahakal may
be different types. Mahakal may have from one to eight faces and have from two to sixteen
arms. The Tantriks worship him for crushing the enemies.
Dr Benoytosh Bhattacharya observes: "Mahakal is a
ferocious God who is generally worshipped in the tantric rite of Marana for the
destruction of enemies. Mahakal was also regarded as terrible spirit and was calculated to
have inspired awe in the minds of those Buddhists who were not reverential to their Gurus,
and did not care much for three Jewels; Mahakal is supposed to eat those culprits
The small village of Rajbalhat in the district of Hooghly
was apparently once a very prosperous village and tradition has it that this was the
capital of the Bhursutkingdom. It is said that a fisherman and the last fisherman king
Sanibhangar was defeated by one Chaturanand Naigai originally carved Bhursut kingdom out.
Krishna Roy, the son of a daughter of Chaturanand became the first Bhursut Raja of
Bhursut. This event took place near about 1583-84 A.D 12 The family of Krishna Roy
belonged to Phulia village.
11 The Indian Buddhist Iconography by Dr.
Benoytosh Bhattacharya, p. 122.
12 Paschim Banger Sanskrit by Binoy Ghosh, p.