Serampore in Hooghly district is well known for its temple of Radhaballabh and
"The following legend is told about the origin of the idol and temple. About eight
generations ago, Rudru Pandit, who was related to a family of distinction at Chatra, a
mile to the west of Serampore, forsook the family mansion and retired to Ballabhpur, which
was then a forest, where he began a series of religious austerities. The gods are never
indifferent to such acts of devotion, and Radhaballabh himself is said to have appeared to
him in the form of a religious mendicant, and given him instructions to proceed to Gaur,
the capital of Bengal and obtain a slab or
stone which adorned the doorway of the Viceroy's private room, and construct an image out
He proceeded to that city and found that the
Prime Minister and favorite of the Viceroy was a devoted Hindu. To him he announced the
revelation he had received, and was assured that no effort should be spared to obey the
commands of the God."Soon after, the stone began to emit drops of water and, by a
singular coinci- dence, the Viceroy himself happened to pass by the time. The Minister
pointed out the circumstance, and asserted that the drops thus distilled were the tears of
the stone, and that no time should be lost in delivering the palace from so inauspicious
an omen, by the removal of this object.
Permission was immediately given to this effect, and Rudru
was blessed with the gratification of his wishes.
3 Bengal District Gazetteers, Hooghly, by L.S.S.
O'Malley, Calcutta, 1912, pp. 313-138.