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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
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KAPILMUNI

The undertaking was begun with vigor, but so many unforeseen difficulties occurred that up to the 1st September 1820 not more than four square miles had been effectually cleared.Amongst other obstacles it was found that as the woods were cut down, the sea enroached, the sandy beach not having sufficient tenacity to resist its invasion. Twenty-five families of Maghs from Arakan were settled at the confluence of two creeks, and a road constructed for the accommodation of pilgrims to the temple of Kapila.4

"In 1819, Mr. Trower, Collector of the 24-Parganas, originated a company, called the Saugor Island Society, for the systematic reclamation and development of the island; he himself was a considerable shareholder, and the central part of the island was called Trowerland after him.

The company obtained a grant of the whole island, subject to certain conditions (the breach of which entailed forfeiture of the grant) and carried on operations
vigorously until 1833, when their work was destroyed by a cyclone and they abandoned the project.  Their interest in the northern part of the island was then taken over by four European gentlemen, who combined the manufacture of salt with the cultivation of rice.  The progress of the island was again interrupted by the cyclone of 1864, when 4,137 persons or three-fourths of the population perished, only, 1,488 being left.


4 Hamilton’s East India Gazetteer, 1828. 

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