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Temples & Legends of Bengal
Index Of Bengal Kulapati's Preface
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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
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Temples & Legends Of India
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THE TEMPLES IN BIRBHUM

The Mahant seems to be completely indifferent to the memory of the poet Jaya- deva.1 The Maharaja of Burdwan builds the temple and it is the munificence of the Burdwan Raj family that has conferred the devottar properties. It has been mentioned that one of the main attractions of the Jayadeva mela is the presence of the thousands of Bauls who appear there almost from nowhere and disappear after the mela.

Scholars likeMahamahopadhyaya Hara- prasad Shastri and Sylvan Levi had visited the mela to study the Bauls.2 It is these Bauls who appear to have inherited the real legacy of Jayadeva as they have carried the beautiful and titling songs of Jayadeva to the hearts of lacs of people.
Not much is known of this immortal poet.

From the verses in Geet Govinda it is gathered that the parents of Jayadeva were Bhojdeb and Bama Devi. He had a great friend by the name of Parasar and he was one of the five scholars and poets that adorned the court of Lakshman Sen. the
four others were Govardhana Acharya, Saran, Umapati and Kaviraj. Padmavati was the wife of Jayadeva and she was a marvelous dancer. It is said that her dances in the temple and the singing of the Lord's praise by Jayadeva were a treat.

The most famous legend connected with the life of Jayadeva, as is well-known, is to the effect that one day when he was writing his Geet Govinda, he came to a passage in which Lord Krishna had asked his beloved Radhika to place her feet on his head. As a staunch Hindu Jayadeva he felt like it.


1 Paschim Banger Sanskriti (in Bengali) by Binoy Ghosh.

2 Paschim Banger Sanskriti (in Bengali) by Binoy Ghosh.

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