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Temples & Legends of Bengal
Index Of Bengal Kulapati's Preface
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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
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THE TEMPLES IN PURULIA

In the neighboring village of Bhangarh two On a stone slab a tree of the height of about 2 cubits has been carved out with a child sitting at the top of the tree. Under the treethere are figures indicating the father and mother and the mother is with a baby. The figure depicting a father has got a sacred thread and near him stand seven persons. It is difficult to come to a correct appraisal of this specimen but probably it indicates the birth of some Tirthankara.

At Chharra, about five miles from Purulia, the district headquarters, there are some old temples and ruins, which are clearly of Jain origin. There are a large number of votive Chaityas with mutilated figures of the Jain hierarchy.  It was gathered that a number of smaller relics have been removed from this area when chharra was a military colony in the Second World War. At this village the author noticed images of Kunthanatha, Chandra-prabhu, Dhanendra- Padmavati, Rishabhdeva and Mahavira.

There is a Dharmasthan, which is a common place of worship for the villagers. There are a number of broken images of various Tirthankaras and some very fine specimens of head. Tradition mentions that Chharra had five stone and one brick temple.  Out of them only two stones of the broken temples, as is quite common in this part of the country, were largely used by the villagers either of this village or the neighboring ones in building their houses.

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