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Maluti Temples, Dumka


Description: The village came into limelight in fifteenth century as the capital of nankar raj (tax-free kingdom). The kingdom was awarded to one Basanta Roy of village Katigram by Sultan Alauddin Hussan Shah of Gaura (1495 - 1525).

The importance of the village Maluti lies in accommodating 72 ancient temples. It is heard that the king of Nankar state constructed 108 temples in incipient stage. Later generation could not maintain such huge number of monuments and most of them were left uncared for. Wiith the passing of time as many as 36 monuments dilapidated and finally grounded. Only 72 out of the lot could survive.

As regard to temple architecture of Maluti it can be found existing temples that no particular style like Nagara, Vesar or Dravida have been followed. The specialist artisans who were obviously from Bengal had given shape to numerous designs while constructing temples of Maluti. These designs may be classified into five categories.

Mythological Beliefs: In Matuti different gods are worshiped in different forms, like Narayana in Saligram Shila, Shiva in the form of Shiva Linga etc. But on top of that Goddess Mauliskha (Name is not mentioned anyware in Hindu or Buddhist Mytho) is worshiped with lots of devotion.

Famous For: 72 ancient temples accommodated in a single village with lots of art and architecture

Accommodation Available: Yes

Built in Canteen: Yes

Best Time to Visit: Whole year

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