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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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THE TEMPLES IN MIDNAPORE

TAMLUK

Tamluk in Midnapore district is the ancient Tamralipta as already mentioned. Tamluk also breathes of the days that are no more. According to tradition, the royal palace and grounds of the Kaibartta Rajas of Tamluk stretched over an area of 8 miles. The Kaibartta belong to a lower caste.

This is another instance where a so-called lower caste could acquire a kingdom for them. The old Tamluk City has gone under the river and even the great temple of Bargabhima is partly underground. There are remains of masonry wells and houses at a depth of 18 to 20 feet below the
surface. From the debris of the crumbling banks of the Rupnarayan River a number of old silver and copper coins bearing Buddhist symbols have beenrecovered.13

The most famous temple at Tamluk is that of Bargabhima, who represents Tara, which is another form of Sakti. This temple built on the site of a Buddhist vihara has three distinct apartments, viz., the Baradeul, or inner sanctuary, the Jaga- mohan, or hall of audience, and the Natmandir, or dancing hall also used for offerings.

There is a small raised covered passage between the Baradeul and Jagamohan, which is called Jnan Mandap, where Pandits meet to discuss religioussubjects. The building is accessible by a flight of stairs consisting of 22 steps. There is a naubatkhana just at the top of the grand stairs, and high walls surround the whole enclosure.

The idol of the deity is carved out of a single block of stone with hands and feet attached to it in mezzorelievo. The deity is fourhanded and stands on the lying body of Lord Siva. The upper of the two right hands holds a Trisul (three-pointed spear) and the lower one has a sword.

13. Bengal District Gazetteers, Midnapore by L.S.S. O'Malley.

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