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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
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THE TIBETAN TEMPLE

The Dasanami Sannyasis have an interesting origin.  Sri Sankaracharya had set up four Maths at Sringa-Giri, Dwarka, Shri Kshetra (Puri) and Badarikashram (8th-9th century).   There were four principal disciples of Shri Sankaracharya, namely, Padma Pad, Hathamalak, Mandan and Totak.  Padma pad had two disciples, namely, Tirtha and Ashram.  Similarly, Hasthamalak had two disciples, namely, Ban and Aranya.

Mandan and Totak had three disciples each namely, Giri, Parbat, Sagar, Saraswati, Bharat and Puri. It is these 10 disciples of the four Mathacharyas that had given rise to the Dasanami Sannyasis.   Another famous monastery of the Dasanami Saiva Sannyasis in Bengal is the one at Tarakeshwar.

As observed by Gour Das Basak: "The Bhot-bagan math now remains a solitary monument of the genius and of a special policy of the first Governor-General of India, of the piety of Tashi Lama as exhibited in Bengal, of the work of Puran Gir, and of the Tibeto-Bengal trade, which flourished centuries ago and was restored, though in a stifled form, a hundred years ago".4


4 Gaurdas Byscak, Buddhistic Monastery at Bhot-bagan, March 1890.

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