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English: Madanmohan-jiu Temple ( Bengali: মদনমোহন জীউ মন্দির ) is a famous temple in Mellock, near Samta and is locally known as Gopaler Mondir (Bengali: গোপালের মন্দির ), which literally means the temple of Gopala; the temple is a large, beautiful, terracotta ornamented, dilapidated temple of Radha & Madangopal-jiu. It was built in 1651 AD by a wrestler known as Mukundaprasad Roychoudhury, who was a family member of the Roy Zamindars who then ruled the village of Samta on the banks of the Rupnarayan River. However now the river has moved far away. Mukundaprasad was very strong and muscular. Then, the road to the temple was connected to the barrage of the village by a small wooden bridge. Mukundaprasad would carry two heavy stones in his arms ands would carry it to the temple crossing the wooden temple. Neither did he used to get tired nor the wooden bridge used to break. One of the stones is still kept in the campus around the temple. Surprisingly, the temple is not to be found in any site except here, although this is one of the largest ‘atchala’ (roof with 8 slopes) temple in Bengal. The condition of the temple is derelict and it may fall anytime, however the reconstruction work of the temple has been started at present. The idol which is worshipped in the temple is an idol of Radha Krishna and it is made up of shiny black stone. The deities have been shifted to a neighbour’s house a few meters away. Festivals like local Dol Yatra, Holi and Janmashtami are celebrated with pomp and show in this temple.
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