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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  
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

THE TEMPLES IN BANKURA

A real confluence of the non-Aryan and the Aryan religious thoughts is seen in the induction of the worship of Manasa now fully adopted throughout the district of Bankura. The potters of the two villages Sonamukhi and Panchmura turn out thousands of Mansachali and Mansa or the snake goddess.  The story of Chand Saudagar, which has been mentioned elsewhere, is very well-known throughout Bankura district.

The adoption of the worship of Dharmaraj by the Hindu is also another impact of non-Aryan influence Dharmaraj may be represented by a small mound of earth or by a triangular or a round or egg-shaped piece of stone or an image of tortoise.  Peoplecongregate in thousands at the different dharmasthans in Bankura district for the worship of Dharmaraj to whom promises (manat) are either made or on the fulfillment of the wish puja is offered.

Dharmaraj receives sacrifices of goats, fowls and pigeons. Earthen his (priests) of Dharmaraj or Dharma Thakur mostly comes from the Dom community, an untouchable schedule caste. At some villages Brahmin priests are also engaged to worship Dharmaraj or Dharma Thakur. One of the most famous representations of Dharmaraj is in a temple at Sankharipara of Bishnupur town.

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