Temples in West Bengal

West Bengal is home to many important Hindu temples like Dakshineswar Temple and Kalighat Kali Temple that have made Bengal a must visit for Hindu pilgrims. Not only are these temples visited by pilgrims; tourists too come here to experience the beauty of their architectural splendor. The Kalighat temple is located in the city of Calcutta or Kolkata on the banks of the river Hooghly or Bhagirathi. Even the name of the city of Calcutta or Kolkata is said to have been derived from the word Kalighat. Kali is one of the most principal deities of Bengal. The Dakshineswar Kali Temple is located alongside the Vivekananda Bridge north of Calcutta. It is believed that Saint Ramakrishna Paramahamsa achieved spiritual vision in this place.Mayapur has always been an important pilgrim destination for followers of Vaishnavism; as this is the birth place of Chatanya Mahaprabhu who is considered to be the reincarnation of Lord Krishna and Radha.Tarakeshwar -Situated nearly 80 Km from Kolkata, Tarakeshwar is a small village famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple, dating back to 18th century, was built by Raja Bharamalla. The legend has it that the temple is built on a spot where cows of the village used to empty their udders of milk. On probing into the mystery, a Shivalingam was discovered on the spot, believed to be manifestation of Tarakeshwar (Lord Shiva of Dreams).

Jain temple Purulia has a number of Jain images, some of which are clearly those of the Jain Tirthankaras. An inscription on a stone fixed to a pillar found at this village was removed decades back and was fixed by the roadside within the court compound at Purulia. At Boram, a large village four miles south from Jaipur railway station, there are three temples identical in design in ruins. These temples are clearly Jain in origin and have Jain images. About a mile from Boram to the south, there is another shrine where there are some images in nudity. This by itself is a substantial proof that the images are Jain. The shrine is now taken to be a Hindu temple.

Hanseswari Temple at Bansberia near Kkatta (Calcutta) in West Bengal: Dates back to the 19th century with ornate arches. The main deity is the blue neem-wood idol of the four-armed goddess Hanseswar.

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