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temples have no deities now. Very few towns or villages in India have probably so many
abandoned houses and deserted temples. But although the temples have been in utter ruins
they have an individuality and indicate the wide exchange of thoughts and ideas in temple
structure among the Orissan artists and architects have studied the Rekha-deul
temple types of Orissa and taken some of the ideas in their four-roofed and eight- roofed
buildings and temples (Char-chala and At-chala).
Pancharatna and Navaratna temples of Chandrakona have clearly adopted quite a few ideas of
the Rekha-duel temple.
The old temples in ruins at Chandrakona show us the tremendous impact the cult of
Dharmathakur had over the area. It is peculiar that Contai and Taluk subdivisions of
Midnapore district do not have this impact.
Several Dharmathakur images are found at Gobindapur,
Narahipur and Jayantipur localities of Chandrakona. We find the different names of
Dharmathakur such as Sitalnarain, Swarupnarain, Rajballav Roy and Bankura Roy in one and
the same temple. Several female counter-parts of Dharmathakur known as Kaminya are also
found in the different localities of Chandrakona.
The more famous of them is Kalkali Devi at Naraharipur
locality. It may be mentioned here that different types of tortoises and at places often
represent Dharmathakur only by a few stone pieces and there is not much to distinguish
between the image of one name from the other. The names of the Dharma Kaminya are also
peculiar, such as, Jai Durga, Kalkali, Kaliburi, Raiburi, Raibaghini, etc.
8. Paschim Banger Sanskriti by Binoy Ghosh.