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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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THE TEMPLES IN 24 PARGANAS

The village of Boral is only about 12 miles to the south of Calcutta. Trees and thorny bushes now make it difficult to approach some of the old temples at this village. There is a very large tank covering about 42 bighas of land known as Sendighi, which suggest the glorious past of the village. While reclaiming portions of the dighi a number of stone images of deities like Vishnu have been found. One large image of Vishnu has been identified to belong to the Pala period.

Tripura Sundari deity is the most important village deity still in worship. At the feet of the female deity lies the Panchadevatas or five gods of Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwar, Ishwar and Rudra. The deity of Tripura Sundari has four hands and three eyes and the image rests on a lotus that has come out from the naval of Lord Sieve in a lying posture. This is a rare specimen.
The village of Bahrain was the village of famous Nana Kumar Basu, Dewan of the East India Company. Nanda Kumar was also for some time a Dewan in Jaipur Riyasat in Rajasthan.

He had procured sculptors and painters from Jaipur and had set up the temple of Shyamsundarji in his house with superb sculpture and paintings. The paintings are now getting obliterated and the temple is in decadence. There is also a Siva temple at Baharu village set up by the same Basu family. But the most important and peculiar deity in the village is that of Dharmaraj in an ordinary tile-roofed mud hut. Here the god Dharmaraj is represented by the sitting figure of an enormous-sized male person with a fearful look and an imposing moustache.

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