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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
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE TEMPLES IN MIDNAPORE

To take only one of these components. The contribution of the Santals for the development of the district both from material and cultural points of view is considerable. There is a theory that the original habitat of the Santals was in Shilda Pargana in Midnapore district.2 

There is still a very heavy concentration of the Santals in Jhargram subdivision and the neighboring tracts. The stone implements that have been found in Midnapore district are identified to be at least 10 to 12 thousand years old. There are also other finds of the later copper age.

At Tamajuri village near Jhargram there was a find of a copper axe flint. The name Tamajuri meaning the place where copper is melted and cast is very significant.  The adjoining district of Singhbhum has had ancient copper mines.3 

Taluk the headquarters of Taluk subdivision in Midnapore district is the ancient Tamralipta port from where the merchant boats used to go abroad. The name Tamralipta is also significant as Tamra in Sanskrit means copper.


2. See Bengali translation of the Santal Book "Mare Hapram" by Shri Baidyanath Hansda.

3. V. Ball: On the Ancient Copper Miners of Singhbhum: Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, 1869, pp. 170-175.

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