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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
The Tibetan Temple At Bhotbagan Kiriteswari   Temple
Bhattamati Temple  
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THE TEMPLES IN PURULIA

Broken images were found and the third piece was brought out from among a heap of old bricks and pieced up. The image was found to be a fine specimen of Rishabhdeva. Another important group of Jain shrines will be found at Dulmi, 25 miles west of Bara Bazaar. Dulmi is an ancient village on the bank ofSubarnarekha with enormous mounds and the Jain temples are at the extreme north end.  Beglar was convinced that this area was a seat of Jain ascendancy at one time and Hinduism succeeded the Jain influence.  

He mentions 3: -  some of the sculpture is clearly Jain, and it is not impossible but on the contrary probable, that the others regarding which there can be any doubt are also Jain; there must accordingly have been a large Jain establishment here in the ninth and tenth centuries, succeeded, say, about the eleventh century, by
Hinduism." The fusion of the two creeds is borne out by some orthodox Hindu antiquities as well.  It is very unfortunate that almost all the Jain images of the place have now disappeared.

Near Dulmi is the small village of Deoli. There is a group of temples at Deoli village and they all appear to be Jain in origin. In the sanctum of the largest temple of Dulmi there is an image of Arhanath in situ. Eclecticism in Hindu religion has claimed the figure as the Hindus worship one of the Hindu pantheon and the figure as well. The statue is three feet high and is on a pedestal.


3 Report of Tour through the Bengal Province, Archaeological Survey of India, Vol. VIII, 1878

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