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Dwadosh Shiva Mandir (12 Temples of God Shiva)
Location : On the embankment of River Ganga;
To the opposite of Bhabatarini Mayer Mandir and Radhamadhab Mandir on the courtyard


12 temples of God Shiva are standing at the boundary of the 220'x440' courtyard within the premises. As you know, God Shiva got to have various names and idols due to different performances. Here 12 of his idols are worshipped daily. The idols of God Shiva located here are (from North to South, Right to left on the picture) - Yogeshwar, Yatneshwar, Jatileshwar, Nakuleshwar, Naakeshwar, Nirjhareshwar, Yogneshwar, Jaleshwar, Jagadishwar, Naadeshwar, Nandishwar, Nareshwar. (Eight temples are visible in the main picture and four are here.) Of all the 12 temples 6 are to the right of the Chandni and other six are to the left.

Yogneshwar Shiva Temple was there from very old age. Rani Rashmoni reinstated the idol in her Temple. So, He is called the "Adi Shiva" or Ancient Shiva by locals.

Of three temple architectures described earlier, these Shiva temples are of Bangla Temple Architecture and are "Atchala" temples. This is a popular architecture for temples in rural Bengal since it is less destructed by rain.

For reference come here or here.

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