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Situated on the sea shore at a distance of 13 km to the southeast of Baleswar, Bhimpur is a village famous for the Chamunda image seated on a lotus on the prostrate body of an Apasmara Purusha, a small demon symbolising ignorance. She is worshipped as Bhimadevi or Kalika and represented as an eight-armed deity wearing a garland of human skulls around her neck. The place is named after this deity. The images of Jaina tirthankars, a beautiful image of Mahavir and an image of Thakurani unearthed from this village reveal the influence of Jainism in the past. Nearby is the village of Kasba. The big images of Avalokiteshwar, the Buddha in meditative pose and a broken image of Buddhist Tara prove that the place was once under the influence of Mahayana School of Art. Mounds of earth and many old tanks are seen in various parts of the village. Baleswar is on the National Highway 5 and is the main rail junction on the Kolkata-Chennai route.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Baleswar


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