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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
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THE KALIGHAT TEMPLE

The family traces its gotra from Sabarna Rishi. During the time of the Emperor Akbar, Lakshi Kanta Mazumdar of the Sabarna Roy Choudhury Zamindar family of Barisa received very high patronage from Man Singh. Royal patronage by way of money, zamindari, and prestige in the court were showered on Lakshi Kanta and he became a very powerful and well - known zamindar throughout Bengal. During the time of the Emperor Jehangir Lakshi Kanta was given the Jagir and Sanad for Madura, Khaspur, Kalikata, Paikan and Anwarpur Parganas**.

Originally the family enjoyed the honorific title of Mazumdar conferred by Man Singh. Lakshi Kanta originally worked under Maharaja Pratapaditya , the famouirs king of Jessore. Lakshi Kanta was one of the chief helpers of Mansingh in conquering Bengal.  He was entrusted with the realisation of the revenue for the southern portion of Bengal which was made into a unit known as Chakla. This was as a result of a new revenue system brought in by Nawab Murshid Kuli Khan in 1722. Lakshi Kanta died at the age of 80 and left the legacy to his son Gour Hari. Lakshi kanta's great grandson, Keshav was given the title of Roy Choudhruy by the royal court.


**The bulk of the Parganas of Madura. Khaspur, Kalikata. Paikan, Anwarpur, Havelisahar. Hatiagarh, which were given to Lakshi Kanta, remained in his family at the Permanent Settlement. (Proceedings of Lord Cornwallis dated the 24th July 1788 quoted in Mr. A. K. Roy's History of Culture).

***History of Calcutta by AK Roy, Chapter TV.

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