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History, Sculpture and Culture of Raghunath Jew Temple of Raghunath Bari, East Midnapore, India - A Photographic Essay

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Among the old temples which are under the Kashijora Pargana, Raghunath Jew temple (also known as Thakurbari) is very remarkable for its sculpture and culture of seventeenth century. This is a very old temple in the worship of Goddess Rama-Sita. The temple is a unique with its ancient constructions, and sculpture in its walls, and columns. A festival in the worship of lord Rama is held every year on Dashera and runs over a month. People of all community, caste and culture assemble in this festival. This festival also helps to develop the economy of not only the temple authority but also the people of the surrounding villages. The Ratha (Chariot), which runs in the day of Dashera, is very unique in the entire Midnapore district. It is made up of wood and contains several sculptural designs. Although there is as such no detailed historical record of this temple but still it is silently preserving the culture of the ancient Bengal over last three centuries.
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  • Department of Environmental Science, Directorate of Distance Education, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal, India
  • Department of Physics (PG & UG), Prabhat Kumar College, Contai - 721404, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal, India
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