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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 TIBETAN TEMPLE

On one of the samadhi pillars there is Bengali inscription indicating that Daljit Gir Mahant had set up an image of Mahadeva on the samadhi of Puran Gir Mahant.   The more interesting part of the inscription is a warning to the visiting Hindus, Muslims and followers of other religious creeds that if they do not worship at the samadhi and the Siva linga, they will surely go to Narak (hell). The date of the inscription is Sambat 1852, Sakabda 1717, and Bangabda 1202, 23rd Baisakh on a calculation, the date of the inscription will be the month of May in 1795 A.D.

The temple is a landmark in more than one sense.  A Tibetan temple so near Calcutta, set up a time when there were few other Tibetans in Bengal is by itself aninteresting fact.  The control of the monastery by the Dasanami Saiva Sannyasis is another intriguing feature. The background story of the setting up of this Tibetan temple attracted the attention of late Gour Das Basak, who made a certain amount of research and his writing was published in the journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1890.2  

2  Gaurdas Bysack, Buddhistic Monastery at Bhot-bagan, March 1890.

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