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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
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THE TEMPLES IN MIDNAPORE

This impact is very significant and particularly interesting for the whole area comprising Jharkhand spreading over portions of Bengal, Bihar (Chotanagpur) and Orissa which were wedded more to the cult of Saivism and Saktaism. Bir Hambir, the Malla king of Bishnupur had
encouraged Vaishnavism but this had little effect on the common man. The Sardar’s were more keen to worship various deities with liquor and meat.

They were allergic to softness in manners as in their religion. Later the currents of Saivism and Saktaism brought about a rather heterogeneous effect on the indigenous population. Various deities came to be worshipped. As a result we find specimens of images belonging to different cults in the temples. The Gupta king Samudra Gupta had defeated Chandra Varman of Bankura and had spread his suzerainty over portions of Bengal including Midnapore.

Various Gupta coins have been found in the districts of Midnapore, Bankura, Hooghly and other districts. During the Gupta days there was a higher incidence or worship of Vishnu, Shiva and Surya. In the 7th century A.D. king Sasanka of Karna Subarna or Murshidabad had overrun Midnapore. It has been observed: "But whatever may be the extent of his rule in Bengal, Sasanka's domination probably included Magadha from the very beginning and he soon felt powerful enough to follow an aggressive foreign policy. He extended his suzerainty as far south as the Chilka Lake in Orissa. And probably extended south to the Ganjam district."5


5. History of Bengal: Dacca University, vol. I, p.60; Paschim Banger Sanskriti by Binoy Ghosh.

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