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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
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KAPILMUNI

Behind the temple was a small excavation termed Sitakund, filled with fresh water, of which the pilgrim was allowed to sip a small quantity, on paying a fee to the manager of the temple.  This reservoir was probably filled from the tank, and kept full by the contrivances of the mendicants, who persuaded the people that it was a perpetual miracle, being constantly full for the use of the temple."3

Wilson mentions that his information was that two lakhs of people attend the mela. O'Malley mentions in the last District Gazetteer of 24-Pargnans that the number attending the mela was from 30,000 to 50,000 people. 

According to the present estimate, the number of pilgrims annually attending the mela is not less than one lakh.  Ganga Sagar mela has a painful nostalgia. It is unfortunate that upon the end of the 18th century there were suicides and the throwing away of the first-born babies at the confluence as a mark of Prayaschitya (atonement for sin and invoking blessings for other progeny).


3 HamiltoH.W. Wilson, Essays on the Religion of the Hindus, (1862, vol. II).

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