Bankura district was once under the influence of Jainism and a number of Jain relics lie scattered in the district.
Jain relics at villages Sonatapal, Bahulara, Dharapat, Harmasra and Paresnath (near Ambiknagar) are now taken as Hindu relics and some of the intact images are daily worshipped as Hindu deities. The temples at Dharapat and Bahulara villages have naked Jain images, which are known as “Nangta Thakur” or the naked deities. These deities are there along with Hindu deities.
There is a statue of Vishnu, which according to some is a converted Parasnath idol. The conversion was done by carefully adding two extra hands to make it four. According to some, it signifies the overpowering Vaishnav influence of the time after the decline of Jainism in the area.