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LOCAL TEMPLES of Cooch Behar and under Debuttor Trust Board

 
Dangorayee Temple


       The Dangorayee Temple (spelt as 'Dangor'+'Ayee') is situated at Gunjabari on Keshab Road of Cooch Behar town and in front of Rambhola High School. Since idol of Joy Durga (left inset) is also established here, this temple is also known as Durgabari. Special architecture in the form of Nahabathkhana can be seen at the entrance of the temple. Maharani Kameswari Debi (Dangor Ayee), the queen of Maharaja Shibendra Narayan, established the idols in this temple.

       In the first room of the temple there is the idol of JoyTara; in the second room there is the idol of Dakshina Kali made out of amalgamation of eight metals; idol of RadhaBinod along with Radhika and seven more idols (right inset) are there in the third room.

       Beside the temple there is the maternal-aunt's house at the Gunjabari crossing, known as 'Madan Mohan's Masir Bari'. From RathaYatra to PunaughYatra (return journey), idol of Lord Madan Mohan is kept here for seven days. In this regard a week-long fair also takes place surrounding the area.

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Goddess Joy Durga
(vide inset of above temple picture - left bottom corner)

Radhabinod, Radhika & other 7 idols
(vide inset of above temple picture - right bottom corner)

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Rajmata Temple
 
Rajmata Temple


       The Rajmata Temple is situated to the North of Rajmata Dighi about 1 km away from Madan Mohan Temple of Cooch Behar. Facing South, this one storied temple consists of three rooms with a dome atop at the middle of the construction. Both indigenous and foreign influence can be seen at this temple. Maharani Nistarini Debi, eldest queen of Maharaja Narendra Narayan, constructed the temple from her personal fund. Situated in this temple, idols of Sri. Sri. TaraKali, Sri. Sri. Katyayani, Radha Raman, Kanailal- RadhaBinod are famous.


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Hiranyagarbha Shiva Temple


       The Hiranyagarbha Shiva Temple is situated on the western side of Sagar Dighi at the heart of Cooch Behar town. Built as four-cornered room with cornice bent down and a semi-spherical dome atop, the temple faces East and was built by Maharaja Harendra Narayan. On the plain floor equal to the height of the road in front, the Shiva Linga is established without any altar. The idol is specially worshipped every Monday. Devotees of Lord Shiva flock the temple on Shiva Chaturdashi in huge numbers.

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Baneswar Shiva Temple
Baneswar Shiva Temple


       The age-old and famous Shiva temple of Baneswar is situated at distance of 10 km from Cooch Behar town on the way to Alipurduar. Facing west, the actual founder of the temple is not known. Probably established by Maharaja Nara Narayan, but revealed to its present form during the time of Maharaja Pran Narayan. The Shiva Linga (idol of Lord Shiva) can be seen at an underground depth of 10 feet below from the terrace and down the stairs. The idol is also known as Ardha Nariswar for being in split form. The altar of the Shiva Linga is connected to the adjacent Shiva Dighi. An idol made of mixture of eight metals is seen on the step inside the temple. Locals believe it to be the idol of Banasura. There is a big Dighi or pool to the South of the temple. Many big and small tortoises can be seen over there whom devotees call by the name of 'Mohan'.


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Siddheswari Temple
Siddheswari Temple


       The ancient Siddheswari temple is situated at a distance of about 3 km south of the Baneswar temple. The structure form of the 50 feet high concrete temple with eight corners and dome atop can hardly be seen. Probably Maharaja Harendra Narayan established this temple. Idols of Goddess Siddheswari along with Mahakal (Shiva Linga) are placed underneath at a height of 6 feet from surface. People are anxious enough about the Gods worshipped over here.

       There is a very old Kamranga tree to the west of the temple premise. The base of the tree has been concrete-built symbolising the alter of Goddess Kamakhya Debi and the holy place is worshipped as an important pilgrimage.

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Torsa Pirer Mazar


       Though the Koch kings were followers of Hinduism (some later turned to Brahma religion), the Maharajas were affectionate to other religions. Many mosques and churches were established in Cooch Behar under the royal patronage.

       The 'Torsa Pirer Mazar' is established on the bank of Torsa river at Harinchowrah on the way to Dinhata from Cooch Behar. No details regarding this Pir is available, but popular colloquial about lots of amazing facts related to this place can be noticed. It is heard that Pir Sahib used to take dip in Torsa and keep engaged in meditation for a long time; that's why He is also known as 'Torsa Baba'. There is a popular belief that Maharaja Harendra Narayan was a staunch follower of Pir Sahib.

      Still now following the royal tradition daily expenditure at the Mazar and for the Tazia at Muharram are arranged out of the Government fund. On the auspicious day of Muharram, a big fair takes place around the Mazar where people devoid of Hindu or Muslim and from all walks of life flock the place. The Mazar is the symbol of religious harmony in Cooch Behar.


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