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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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KAPILMUNI

Bhagirath let the way as far as Hathigarh, in the 24-Parganas, near the sea, and then declared that he could not show the rest of the way.  Whereupon Ganga, in order to make sure of reaching the spot, divided herself into a hundred mouths, thus forming the delta of the Ganges. One of these mouths reached the cell, and, by washing the ashes, completed the atonement for the offence of the sons of King Sagar, whose souls were thereupon admitted into heaven.

Ganga thus became the sacred stream of the hundred mouths. The people say that the sea took its name of Sagar from this legend; and the point of junction of the river and sea at Sagar Island is a celebrated seat of Hindu pilgrimage, to which thousands of devout pilgrims repair every year during the great bathing festival."1

Sagar Snan (bath in the sea) is held on the auspicious Paus or Makar Sankranti day, which is usually on the 1st of Magh month (in the middle of January).  On this day the Sun enters Capricorn.  Thousands and thousands of pilgrims from all over Bengal and other provinces go by large country boats or steamers to do ablutions, take their bath, offer pindas to the ancestors and visit the temple of Kapila Muni there.


1 Bengal District Gazetteer, 24-Parganas by L.S.S. O’Malley, 1914, pp. 254-257.

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