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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  
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Temples & Legends Of India
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Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
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Somanatha

KAPILMUNI

A very large Mela (fair) takes place on a bank of a creek leading to the sea on a piece of sandy ground where hutment’s, shops, rest-sheds, Police Thanas, Volunteer Camps, Health Centres, hospitals etc., spring overnight and give the shape of a large temporary colony. The mela lasts for several days but the peak period is for three days.

The sea is propitiated and prayers are held with recitals of various mantras and offerings of coconuts, fruits and flowers are given. The most valued traditional offering is that of a Pancharatna (five gems) consisting of a pearl or diamond,  an emerald, a topaz and a piece of coral along with coconut, areca-nut and an Upavita (the sacred thread worn by the Brahmins).  The offering of the real Pancharatna has declined and is now seldom offered.

The pilgrims have their bath early in the morning,Sraddha or obsequial ceremonies are offered by those whose parents have died recently.  After ablutions the pilgrims go to the temple dedicated to Kapila Muni.  The ceremonials on the second and third days are almost the same as those of the first day.  Apart from the mela ground with temporary hutment’s and sheds for the pilgrims there are hundreds of boats that offer shelter to the pilgrims for the night.

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