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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  
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE TEMPLES IN HOOGHLY

But he was greatly perplexed about the means of removing this treasure, when the God again appeared, and directed his village, it was miraculously conveyed to the river side, and floated down the stream of its own accord to the landing stairs at Ballabhpur, where the devotee was in the habit of bathing. "Rudru set to work immediately on the stone, and by the aid of the sculptor obtained an image, which is celebrated for its beauty. The mysterious origin of the image soon attracted worshippers, and the proprietor was enabled, from their gifts, to construct the temple.

In process of time, the encroachments of the river brought the temple within 300 feet of the edge of the water, and it became necessary to seek some other abode for the God, because no Brahmin is allowed to receive a professional gift or meal within that distance of the sacred stream. The forsaken temple was subsequently purchased by the Reverend David Brown, and the image was removed to another spot, a quarter of a mile inland. Where a temple was built at the expense of the wealthy family of the Malliks of Calcutta.

"The splendor of Radhaballabh's establishment is, however, of more recent origin than the celebrity of the image.  Raja Nubukissen of Calcutta, the Munshi of Clive, and the first native, who rose to wealth and distinction after the birth of the British Empire in India, took a great fancy to this god. When he was called to perform the funeral obsequies of his mother, he employed the great influence he enjoyed in the country, to convey to his own residence in the metropolis the three images to which Agradwip, Chardah and Ballabhpur owe their distinction.They were carried down to the river on a stage, on the shoulders of Brahmans - for it would be an act of sacrilege for any but the twice born to touch an image inhabited by the spirit of the Gods - and were conveyed from the ghat in Calcutta to the Raja's residence on the same sacerdotal shoulders.

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