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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  
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE TEMPLES IN MIDNAPORE

The Sarsankha tank now silted up is said to have been excavated by Raja Sasanka Deva, of the Pandava family while on his way to Jagannath.The palm-leaf chronicles of the Jagannath temple mention one Sarsankha Deva as a king of the Ganga dynasty. Sasanka was a powerful king of Gaur in the early part of the 7th century A.D., whose territory extended as far south as Ganjam. This tank is 5,000 feet long and 2,500 feet broad. It appears that the tank was really excavated by Sasanka but local patriotism has ascribed the honor to Sarsankha about whom there is no historicity.

The name Dantan has a story. It is said that Lord Chaitanya on his way to Jagannath had brushed his teeth here with a piece of twig. The piece of twig with which teeth are brushed is known as Dantan in Bengali. According to local tradition, that is why, the place is called Dantan. But this story does not appear to be correct. There are historical facts to suggest that Dantan was already a big village when Lord Chaitanya passed
through Dantan.

Even the biographies of Lord Chaitanya distinctly mention this. The story of the place getting its name from Lord Chaitanya's brushing his teeth here is an example of local loyalty to Vaishnavism.

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