the Midnapore district of Bengal, there are many temples dedicated
to the gods of major cults of Hinduism, like Sakti, Siva, Vishnu
etc. Dantan, due to lying on the border of the state of Orissa
shares many traditions and customs of Oriyas. A harmonious blend of
two cultures is discernable, if deeper examination is undertaken.
This cultural interchange was forged by the groups of devotees
visiting both in their two-way traffic.
is here in the town of Dantan, the favourite place of halt of the
pilgrims on account of the availability of all amenities, many
temples came up displaying a synthesis of two distinct cultures. The
temple of Syamaleswar possessing Saivate gods and Sivalinga in the
sanctum sanctorum is an example to the point in question. An
imposing majestic image of Nandi, the divine vehicle of Lord Siva,
installed at the entrance greets the theists first. Several
worshipful gods are duly set up and their craftsmanship lifts the
souls. Alas ! the ruthless iconoclast Kalaphar multilated the
splendor of Nandi by cutting off the forelegs; yet its dignified
bearing bends heads in veneration at its first sight even. A large
tank lying opposite supplies the devotees with its pure water for
bath and drink. The tall Sikhara built with trisul atop joins hands
of the devotees, who utter Harahar Mahadev when it gleams into their
lies 60 km off Midnapore, on the Orissa Trunk Road and itself is a
railhead of the same name on the South Eastern Railway.