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Goddess Parvati of Hadal Narayanpur

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The name of the village is Narayanpur. This beautiful village is on the banks of the river Bodai, a tributary of the Damodar River, surrounded by winter green vegetables and golden flowers of mustard. The Bodai river is in a very bad condition now, it has almost dried up. On the other side of the river is another village. The name of that village is Hadal. Together these two villages are known as Hadal Narayanpur. A pond of clear water by the side of the village road in the shade of dense green trees. After the first few houses of this beautiful and clean village, there is an open one-storied temple established by Narayaneshwar Shiva in a large open space by the side of the road. Narayanpur was named after Narayaneshwar Shiva. The village was founded by a Chakravarti Brahmin who cut down the dense green vegetation here. His name became Murokata Chakraborty because he cut down so many trees indiscriminately. 

The goddess Moira, the queen of the Tambuli or Tamli family in the region, was instructed in a dream that her idol was buried under the ground on the banks of the river Damodar. According to that instruction, this idol of the goddess was found in the mud of Damodar River. The idol was brought up and installed in the temple. The priest of the temple told these stories. Everyone in this village has a very friendly nature. Narayaneshwar Shiva is the goddess Bhairab here. The door of Shivling Sanctuary is in front of Perolei. And in front of him is the idol of Goddess Parvati on the wall. As soon as you stand at the door, you will see a beautiful idol of the goddess. Goddess in Narayanpur village is known as Brahmani Goddess. 

The idol made of black stone is beautifully decorated. The beating of the goddess’s four arms means arms and Sri Mantra. Trishul on the upper left. Disability or beads in the upper right hand. Engraving on the palm of the lower right hand. Like a crescent-shaped arch on the back of the head. At the bottom, on either side of the goddess, are two small statues of the goddess at the same time. The statue is made in South Indian style. According to archaeologist Rakhaldas Bandyopadhyay, this idol is the idol of Goddess Parvati. The same goes for state archaeology departments and historians. Their published book ‘Antiquities of Bankura District’ contains information about this temple. Made in the Pala period, the idol is almost a thousand years old, like them. The height of the statue is five feet ten inches. And two feet eleven inches wide. In addition to the daily worship of this magnificent idol, festivals are held on special days. Especially the festival of Poush Sankranti. Everyone in the village took part in all these festivals. In the kitchen adjacent to the temple, food is cooked on a wooden fire and food is offered to the goddess. Everyone gets the prasad after the puja.

From Howrah you can go to Masagram or Bankura, from there to Sonamukhi or Dhagaria by train or car. Then in a car. Or by car from Kolkata. Being a remote village, those who go there from outside have no place to stay. There are no standard food shops, only sweet shops. You have to take food with you. There are general food hotels in Sonamukhi or Patrasair. You’ll have to go and come back on the same day or you can stay at a hotel in Bishnupur or Bankura.

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