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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
The Tibetan Temple At Bhotbagan Kiriteswari   Temple
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THE TEMPLES IN MIDNAPORE

DANTAN

We now come to Dantan a large village about 40 miles south of Midnapore town. Dantan has a railway station of the same name on the southeastern Railway in Howrah-Puri section. Dantan lies on the Orissa Trunk Road and is culturally very much influenced by Orissa. Even the
way Bengali language is spoken here smacks of the intonation of Oriya language.

The Puri Lodging House Act was in operation at Dantan till 1908. Dantan was once a great market for tusser, silk and cotton. The pilgrims by road before the railway lines were opened. There was a constant cultural interchange due to the two-way traffic of the pilgrims. Dantan was a favorite place of halt for the pilgrims being a large village with amenities.

The most important temple here is dedicated to Syamaleswar.At the entrance of the temple there is a large stone statue of a bull lying in front of Siva. The forelegs of the bull are damaged. It is said Kalapahar cut them off. This temple indicates the hold of Saivism in this area.

There are two large tanks in the village. One is called the Bidyadhar tank and the other, about two miles east of it is known by the name of Sarsankha. The first is about 1,600 feet in length and 1,200 feet in breadth. Tradition ascribes that the Bidyadhar tank was excavated under the
orders of Bidyadhar, the Minister of Telinga Mukunda Deva, the last Hindu king of Orissa. But the records of history show that Govinda Bidyadhar was the Minister of Prataparudra Deva, on whose death he seized the throne.17 


17. M.M. Chakravarti, The Last Hindu King of Orissa, Journal of Asiatic

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