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Siva Temples In West Bengal
Index Bahurala
Vishnupur Ekteswara
Calcutta Tarakeswar
Barkar Kalna
Halisahar Mankar
Major Sections
Temples Of India
Lord Siva To Be Adored The Devalayas Of Karnataka
Palani Dhandhayudhapani The Kovils Of Kerala
The Temples of North-West India Temples For The Triple Sects
Mata Kanakadurga of Vijayawada The Legend Of Mata Kanyaka Parameswari
The Temples Of North-East India Mantralya Mahakshetra
The Aalayas of Andhra Pradesh The Mandirs Of Maharastra
Mighty Atoms For Tiny Tots Lord Siva Of Sri Kalahasthi
Bhagawan Vithoba Of Pandharpur Bizarre Beliefs And Odd Traditions
Asoka Priyadarsin The Mother Of Melmaruvathur And Her Miracles
Vishnu Mayam Jagat Sarvam Sakti Mayam
The Temples Of Tamilnadu Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol I

Hindu Ethos In Capsules - Vol II

Hullo Tirupathi !
Uthuthshta Govinda Cum Jo Jo Mukunda The Miracles Of Gods For The Debacles Of Humans
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The Burdwan district of Bengal is deservedly famous for some strange type of Mandirs. It boasts of fours and they are concentrated at the village Barkar in the Asansol sub division of the district. They have several oddities and strangely enough are dedicated to Saivate gods, like Ganesh and Siva. Here is the peculiarity - the Siva linga is installed on a fish shaped panavatta, unlike the common circular one drawn to a point on the north. Moreover, it has holes for the linga to stand. The temples are surmounted by urns, but not spires, and have all the parts like antarala, mahamandapa, mandapa, courtyards and tower. Of the four, one is dedicated to Siva. And it enshrines a big Sivalinga installed on an argha measuring 4 feet 7 inches in diameter. Another oddity it is built of stone unlike the Bengali mandirs. Inscriptions confirm the construction to fifteenth century and it is said to have been built by one devotee called Harischandra.

It lies on the left bank of Barkar river and about 200 km off Calcutta.

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