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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
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

PREFACE

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Bengalis as a class are highly sentimental. Much of the woes of Bengal are due to this high incidence of sentiment and love of tradition. The soft hearted Bengalis react very quickly to affectionate feelings in others and they feel much more hurt than other sections in India normally if there is any rebuff. This abundance of soft feelings, the exuberance of what may often turn into sentimentalism is a halmark of the Bengalis. This softness is seen also in their ideas about their deities and temples. We find more of a manifestation of Bal salya Rasa and a sense of complacence in their conception of their gods and the deities worshipped.

The deity is not some thing very detached, exotic or very remote to a Bengali. The deity of Kali with her fierce looks, string of human heads round the neck, protruding tongue, awe-inspiring trident and standing on the lying figure of Lord Siva could not normally have evoked a very affectionate devotion and soft love as the Mother. The devotional songs in praise of the deity of Kali whether by Ramaprasad or others, all refer to be as a loving mother who is always forgiving her sons for their sins and whose blessings are always there for her devotees.

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