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Temples & Legends of Bengal
Index Of Bengal Kulapati's Preface
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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
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THE TEMPLES IN HOOGHLY

Many Nathyogis 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 raw." 11

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. 578.

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