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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  
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Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
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Somanatha

PREFACE

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The use of cluster of paddy, dub grass, plantains, turmeric, pan, coconut, vermillion, ghat (pot), cowdung, mango leaves etc., that lays a prominent part in the daily religious ceremonies can hardly be traced to anything Brahmanic. Many of the non-Aryan deities and Gramyadevaras have now been fully accepted by the higher caste Hindus and they are worshipped in temples either individually or along with Vaidik or Pauranik gods.  In the case of some of those deities very low caste Dom officiate as the priest and Brahmins offer their pujas to such deities and are monitored by the Dom priest. There is a large number of bratas distributed in different months that are still observed in Bengal.

Some of them are related to cultivation, others with eroticism and a number of them are to keep up social and family solidarity. Some of the bratas are associated with Tithis and they have got some Brahmanic influence while a few have nothing to do with Tithis and they are clearly of non-Aryan origin. A dissertation on the bralas of Bengal will be out of place in the course of the text and so a brief mention has been made here as they are very closely allied to the worship of some god heads or other.

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