Burdwan district of Bengal is the citadel of several religious
sects, apart from Hinduism in its multifarious aspects, like
Saivism, Sakteism, Vaishnavism etc. There were built hundreds and
hundreds of temples for Saivate gods, and other most adorable gods
of Hindu pantheon. The villages of Amaragarh, Barakar and Mankar
housed number of Sivaalayas in the past; but all of them except
Dugdheswar Siva Mandir, Mankeshwar Mahadev Mandir and Shivakya Devi
Mandir are in ruins. And the existing ones also are not maintained,
as it was in their heyday.
a village dominated by the Brahmins in the past has a few temples
dedicated to Siva and Sakti, going by the local names of Mankeshwar
Shiva and Ananda Mayee Sakti. The object of worship is, of course,
linga and the temples like their counter elsewhere has mandaps,
mahamandaps, antaralas etc. Among the Saivate deities
adorning the minishrines the images of Ganesh takes precedence over
others. Though times changed, traditions yielded to foreign impact,
these groups of temples are receiving public worship regularly, and
the periodical festivals are carried on with devotion due.
temple are accessible by four wheelers from Burdwan and Dhanbad
towns, commanding all facilities.