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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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PREFACE

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There are certain particular aspects which need mention in a discussion on the temples of Bengal. The alluvial soil of Bengal and the indigenous qualities that go to make a Bengali have much to do with the temples in this region. It is only a part of Bengal that has got lateritic soil and there is a singular want of hills or quarries of block stone or other kind of soft stone which abound in Bihar and other parts of Eastern India.

Bengal has to depend on the alluvial and clayey soil f her own and bricks baked Gut of the clayey soil for building the temples. Bengal also lacked rich rulers like Shah Jehan or the powerful dynasties of Orissa or of Southern India that could spend fortunes over building temples. Bengal was always split among a number of rulers and none of them had the definite stability to build anything regarding  the temples of Orissa or the great edifices in Agra or Delhi. It is said that the revenue of eighteen years of the Mughal Empire had been spent over building the Taj Mahal and giving this magnanimous landmark to  India impoverished even Shah Jehan. 

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