Temples in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is the third-largest country in the world regarding the population of Hindus or traditional religions. After India and Nepal, Bangladesh has the highest number of people in traditional religions. In nature, Bangladeshi Hinduism closely similar the forms and customs of Hinduism that rehearsed in the neighbouring Indian state of West Bengal, with which Bangladesh was united until the partition of India in 1947. By far most of the Hindus are Bengali Hindus. Although the Hindu population of Bangladesh has been declining day by day due to partition and ethnic hatred, there are still many ancient and Hindu temples in Bangladesh. However, due to Muslim domination and the greed of infidels for land, most of the lands of Hindu temples have been evicted. Despite various adversities, the number of temples, ashrams or akharas in Bangladesh is still over one lakh. And these temples and ashrams are more or less disseminated all over the nation.
The national temple named “Dhakeshwari Temple” situated in Dhaka was implicit the twelfth century by Ballal Sen. The architectural and structural features of this temple show that its builder to be someone who had very little influence on the culture of Bengal. Because of many of the features, such as the existence of a large tank, garden, matha, resting-place banian tree, and ashrama for sannyasis, and the rehearsal of letting one and all inside the temple suggest a resemblance to Arakanese religion and religious practices. Another temple named “Kantajew Temple” is one of the most magnificent religious edifices belonging to the 18th century and this temple belongs to the popular Hindu Kanta or Krishna or Radha-Krishna which assemble of memorable love in Bengal. The national holy place of pilgrimage known as “Chandranath temple” is a holy place for Hindu religious people situated on the top of 350 metres high hill of Chandranath hill. As per Hindu sacred texts, the right arm of Goddess Sati fell. The other main temples in Bangladesh are the Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Bagh Temple, Siddheswari Kali mandir, Adinath temple, Puthia temple, Barodi Loknath Baba Ashram, Kal Vairab temple, Dimla Kali Temple, Pancha Ratna Govinda Temple, Bhubaneshwar Shiva Temple, Jagannath Temple, Satsanga ashram, Kodla Math, and Tarokeshwar Shiva Mandir. Throughout the ages, these historical temples have been destroyed by various conspirators during communal disturbances especially in 1990, 1992 and 2001, when it has often been necessary to call the army to protect these sensitive locations.