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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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KIRTESWARI TEMPLE

Kiritesvari is a very ancient deity. Tantrachuramani scripture in its discussions on the Pithasthans mentions the fall of portion of the Kiriti or tiara. According to Tantrachuramani, however, the presiding deity is Bimala and the
attending Bhairava is Sambarta.

This place is one of the 51 Pithasthans according to Tantrachuramani.  It is, however, taken as an Upapithas as no limb of the Devi fell there but a portion of her ornament.  Maha Nil Tantra scripture, however, mentions the deity as Kiritesvari.2

It is said that Kiritesvari Devi was the presiding deity of the ruling house of Murshidabad.  When the ruling families
of Murshidabad capital was at the height of its glory, Kiritesvari Devi was worshipped by hundreds of devotees every day.  The decline of one meant the decline of the other.   It is difficult to say which one was the cause and which the effect.


2 See Murshidabader Itihas (Bengali) by Nikhil Nath Roy, a rare book now.

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