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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
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Assam
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Somanatha

THE TEMPLES IN PURULIA

The decline had become almost complete when in the 13th century A.D., a number of ancient Rajput clans came to this district and carved out some Principalities. The most important of this family was that of Kashipur (Panchet or Panchkot Raj).
With the rise of these Rajput chieftains, there came apparently other phases of religion, inter-clash and fusion of religious ideals, and after sometime we see the advent these smaller creeds became almost assimilated in the broad-based Hindu religion.

There is no wonder that in that wave Jainism in Purulia district was almost taken into Hindu fold and the images of Jain Tirthankars came to be freely worshipped as deities of Hindu pantheon.   Later came the Vaishnava school, which made a great headway in Purulia district. The Panchkot Raj, the premier Rajput Chief in the district was slowly converted from Shaktaism to Vaishnavism, near about the middle of the 19th century. 

The earlier great tour of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in this area was followed up by the activities of Mahaprabhu Shiva Ram Goswami and Trilochan Goswami and their influence on Panchkot-Raj was great.  Some of the Jains with their creed of Ahimsa appeared to have been very much affected by the tour of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and had become Vaishnavas


5 Jainism in Bihar by P.C. Roy Chaudhury (Patna, 1955).

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