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Ektesvara




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Various Sanskrit books like Linga Puram, Siva Puran, Brahmandya Puran, Skanda Puran etc., that have a narration as to how the worship of Siva was sponsored have been translated into Bengali in prose and poetry. Siva as a deity has a strange fascination for both men and women. The village elders recite Siva stories. In the Linga Puran there is a story that once there was a great quarrel between Brahma and Vishnu as to who is the overlord of the world and the quarrel was solved by Lord Siva who appeared in the shape of a lingam which was like a flash of a fire.

There is a type of old Bengali poetry, which goes by the name of Sivayan; the theme of the Sivayan literature is one and the same--preaching the glory of Lord Siva and propagating Siva worship. There is Bengali proverb that evens when the womenfolk husk paddy, songs in praise of Siva are recited. The number of Lok-geets or songs in local dialects on Siva and his exploits is legion in Bengal.

Siva-Gajans or melas and festivities in honor of Siva are very common. Some of these Gajans attract more than a fifty thousand crowd. Men and women eagerly look the Siva- Gajans forward to. Religiously has found a great expression in these Gajans and more about them has been mentioned elsewhere.




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