The pandas had
claimed the temple to be their private property and contested that it was not a public
According to them, two of their ancestors, Anant Thakur and his brother Mahesh
Thakur, had set up the lingam. The pandas, however, conceded that the original temple had
fallen down and Hari Charan Choudhury built the presenttemple, but they continued in their
This contention of the pandas was, however, rejected in the Civil Court and the temple
was declared to be a public property, The Maharajadhiraj of Darbhanga had assigned a
neighboring village, Gouripur, to the deity.