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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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The Durga puja when Uma or Parvati is worshipped for four days strikes the inner chord of heart of the Bengali and almost every Bengali household, rich or poor, looks forward for the Durga puja. Why? To the Bengali she is Uma, the loving daughter who, comes from her husband's abode in the uninviting snow-clad Himalayas to visit her father's place once in a year for four days only. The parents compare her with their daughters who have  flown out of the nest by marriage. These are the few days when a Bengali house - hold is transported into a deep bliss because of a re-union with the beloved ones.

Uma or Parvati lives the year round in the deep ravines or the peaks of the snow-clad Himalayas with her husband  Lord Siva commonly described as BomBhola or Pagla Bhola. To a Bengali whose heart throbs for the miseries of Uma, Siva is almost mad, who does not know his own mind and who is absurdly unworldly and careless. Lord Siva neglects his wife. Such domestic an  intimate themes are a paradox to many in otherparts of India but they are fondly cherished by many a Bengali throughout the year and particularly in the Puja days.The idea of worship and this parentaaffection for Uma goes together.

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