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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

Occasionally a bigger power will pour in like its hordes and for a time being the Sardar’s would own an allegiance to them and pay tribute and when the first impact was over, the Sardar’s would assume their old leadership. One of the families that could carve out a sizeable kingdom was the Malla family of Bishnupur in Birbhum district. This family gave the name of Mallabhum to the tract.

But the Malla family inspires of their temporary leadershipcould only acquire portions of this district. In the political field there were quite a few Raj families in Midnapore district likeJhargram, Jamboni, Lalgarh, Narajole and Chandra- kona. The traditional story was that most of them came from their kingdoms in distant Rajputana or some where else on their way to Sri Kshetra (Puri) to pay homage to Lord Jagannath and incidentally they felt like staying on seeing the unsettled condition of the area and so carved out a principality of their own.4

The Raj family or Jhargram, a subdivision in Midnapore district is supposed to have carved out their domain somewhere in 1519. Sarveshwar Malladev of this family struck friendship with the Malla kings of Bishnupur and there were reciprocal marriage ties. This was the age of Shri
Chaitanya Dev. As mentioned in Chaitanya Charitamrita, Lord Chaitanya, theVaishnava apostle left Orissa for Varanasi. It is said that the Lord purposely left the welltrodden road and took to the upapaths (jungle ways). Shri Chaitanya Dev passed through the jungles of Jharkhand andpreached the cult of Vaishnavism to the villagers. It is quite clear that the tribals and the other indigenous population had a fair impact of the visit of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.


4. Paschim Banger Sanskriti by Binoy Ghosh.

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