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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 HOOGHLY

His great grandson Pratap Narayan was a
very charitable ruler and he was at the gadi from 1652 A.D. to 1684 A.D. He was given the tile of Raja and was known as such in the court of Emperor Shahjahan and Aurangzeb. His son was Shiv Narayan who was succeeded by his only son Naranarayan. Either during the lifetime of Naranarayan or immediately after his death Kirti Chandra, the king of Burdwan forcibly occupied Bhursut pargana near about 1119 A.D. The various Brahmottars that had been created by the original Bhursut Raj were, however, continued. There were three garhs or forts and at each of them were a number of temples. Most of them have disappeared and only one of them at village Rajbalhat will be noticed.

Rajbalhat village is now within the district of Hooghly. The garh of Bhursut Raj at Rajbalhat covers about seen bighas of land and 500 bighas of land had been made a Debottar property for the maintenance of the temple of Rajballavi Thakurani at Rajbalhat. There are no signs of the king's garb or palace now. There are various legends about Rajballavi Devi. One of the common stories is that Rajbal- lavi Devi in the garb of a poor Brahmin girl used to work as a maidservant in a particular family. A merchant was passing by the river with seven boats laden with merchandise.

The merchant was attracted by the beauty of the young Brahmin girl and sent word to her to come to his boat which was kept seventh from the bank. The Brahmini girl proceeded towards the boat of the merchant and one by one the boats started sinking with the merchandise as soon as she touched it with her feet. In this way after the sinking of the sixth boat the merchant came to understand that she was a deity and fell at her feet and sought pardon. After this the merchant built the temple of Rajballavi Devi at Rajbalhat.

 

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