|It is not
correct that Dharmathakur has no anthropomorphic form and that he is not worshipped in any
image as asserted elsewhere.9
As Shri Binoy
Ghosh has pointed out there are more than one thousand Dharmathakur images in tortoise's
shape in the villages of Ghatal, Bishnupur and Arambagh subdivisions and in Howrah
district and Calcutta and its neighborhood.10
Like Chandrakona we also find a large number of
Dharmathakur images in different villages of ghatal subdivision of Midnapore district as
well. Dharmapuja has been associated with tantric Buddhism but "there is a tendency
in Midnapore to equate Dharma to Siva by making him husband of a Shakti."11
This fusion has been principally brought about through the
media of the Brahmin priests. The Gajans (religious meals) of Dharmathakur and Lord Siva
are very similar. Just as Lord Siva has his Shakti, Dharmathakur has his Shakti and they
are Kaliburi, Raibaghini, Kalkali, etc., who have been given the colloquial name of
Kaminya. The Dharma Kaminyas have a special appeal to the Santals and the other
semi-tribals of the district.
9. The Tribes and Castes of West Bengal; Census
1951. Edited by A. Mitra--"Dharma worship in West Bengal" by Ashutosh
10. Paschim Banger Sanskriti (in Bengali) by Shri Binoy Ghosh, p. 395.
11. Dharma worship; Journal of Asiatic Society of Bengal, Volume VIII, 1942.