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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
Bhattamati Temple  
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KAPILMUNI

It is of interest to note that in no other places of pilgrimage or religious mela in Bengal, there is a larger collection of Sannyasis as we find at Ganga Sagar mela. Every year a number of Naga Sadhus visit the mela.  The mela used
to attract before a very large quantity of indigenous wooden toys, dolls and animals. Due to the proximity of the Sundarbans, the presence of a large quantity of toy wooden tigers is under- standable. There was a large turn-over of these wooden wares.  It is a great pity that this old handicraft is now on the decline and plastic toys are now having a large turn-over.

There are now quite a number of Sannyasis who have settled down at Ganga Sagar.  The Sadhus are dependent on the charities of the traders that go to Sundarbans for collecting wood, honey and bee-wax.  There has been a great
improvement to the island, which was ravaged by a great flood in 1688 and cyclones in 1833 and 1834.  The southern part of the island is a very pretty area and the steamer journey is very pleasant because of the splendid scenery.   Tourism could be well developed at this pretty spot.


5  District Gazetteer of 24-Parganas by L.S.S. O’Malley, pp. 257-258.

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