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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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THE TEMPLES IN PURULIA

The story of Jainism in this district and in some other neighboring districts in Chotanagpur Division in Bihar has an
interesting background.5  As mentioned the geographical position of Purulia district being on the route from Bihar to Orissa helped a spurt of Jainism and Mahavira had visited this area. The royal support was also partially responsible for the spread of Jainism.  

King Bimbisar, Kharavela, the line of Rashtrakutas and the Chandelas who had ruled this part of the country were sympathetic if not active supporters of Jainism.  A class of Brahmanas is Purulia district now known as Pachhima Brahmans are traditionally taken to belong to the clan of Vardhaman Mahavir. The reason for decline of Jainism in this area has to be looked into. 

Historically it is known that the Chola soldiers on their way to the expedition under Rajendra Chola Deva and on their return after defeating Mahipala of Bengal in the first quarter of the 11th century A.D. had destroyed many of the Jain temples and images in Manbhum district. The Pandeyas who also wielded aconsiderable influence were fanatic iconoclasts.  The rise of Lingayat Saivism in this area apparently had largely contributed to the decline of Jainism.

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