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Temples & Legends of Bengal
Index Of Bengal Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
The Kalighat Temple of Calcutta Ram Krishna Mission Temples
The Temples in Burdwan The Temples in Hooghly
The Temples in Twenty four Parganas The Temples in Midnapore
The Temples in Birbhum Ektesvara - Siva Temple
The Temples In Bankura Jain Temples In Purulia
Kapilmuni Temple at Sagar Island A Chinese Temple
The Tibetan Temple At Bhotbagan Kiriteswari   Temple
Bhattamati Temple  
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Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
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Himachal Pradesh
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Assam
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Somanatha

EKTESVARA

Introduction

The cult of Saivism has a deep hold on Bengal. Temples dedicated to Lord Siva are very common. Almost every village in Bengal has Saivaities, Shaktas and Vaishnavas but the number of Sivatemples is by far the largest. Even when Bengal was caught and swept over by the very strong current of Vaishnavism, the worship of Siva and Sakti had not disappeared.

The ancient Bengali literature has delinea- tion of Siva and his consort Parvati in prose, poetry, ballads, stories and songs. A Bengali girl in her teen fondly makes images of Lord Siva prompted by her mother.  The idea is that she will get a good husband.1 


1 It is peculiar that while a Bengali devoutly prays for a husband like Mahadeva (Siva), the Common concept of
Lord Siva is not very creditable for the Lord! He is taken as a ganja-smoker, a most irresponsible and carefree
wanderer and yet he combines sublimity and kindness.

Author - P.C.Roy Choudhury

 

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