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Midnapore




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Rekha Temple, Barakar in Bengal Page9

This tradition appears to be a pure story as there is no historicity behind it. Maharaja Vikramaditya of Ujjain never came to Garbeta. The temple appears to have been constructed either by the end of the 16th century or towards the beginning of the 17th century. The pattern is entirely that of Rekha deul of Orissa. The Sarva Mangala temple is apparently the work of the Oriya rtists and architects. Even now there is a village Oriyasahi near Chandra- kona Road railway station and within Garbeta Police Thana. Oriyasahi means the colony of the Oriyas.

One has to go through a dark tunnel of 30 cubits and then come to the Devi. It is impossible to go near the Devi without the help of the pujaris. Even in mid-day the place is entirely dark. There are two stone images on either side of the door of the sanctum. The image of the Devi is large and extremely fearsome. It is said that human sacrifice was common at this temple.

Another peculiarity is seen in the four images that guard the fort at Garbeta. They are Gorakhan Pir, Olai Chandi, Bagh Rai and Barabhuinya. It is rather interesting that the Hindus should worship a Muslim Pir. Bagh Rai is a favorite godling owing to the ravages of tiger (Bagh). Bagh Rai is also another synonym for Dharma Raj.




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