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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

PREFACE

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Different currents of ideas and thoughts are clearly perceptible in the many religious movements in Bengal. The Adivasis of Bengal who are now mostly represented by the various Scheduled Tribes and Castes and are generally taken to be inferior in the caste hierarchy have made a very big contribution to the religious thoughts in Bengal. As a matter of fact, this is probably a common factor in other regions in India as well. It is the so-called lower castes and tribes of the ancient Rarh, Pundra, Banga and the other Janapadas of Bengal that are still very well represented in different types of deities and their puja.

Apart from some of the indigenous godheads those have been very eclectically taken into Hindu pantheon, there are hundreds of achars and religious practice's that go to make up much of the daily life of a caste Hindu. If one carefully analyses the various items celebrated in a Hindu marriage in Bengal, it will be found that excepting the Sampradan, Yagna and Saptapadi along with the recital of the particular Mantras accompanying these ceremonies. All the other items are non - Brahmanic, non-Vaidic and are entirely based on the customs and practices of the so-called lower castes.

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