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The Dhakeshwari Temple in Dhaka is the primary Hindu temple in Bangladesh. The meaning of Dhakeshwari is ‘Goddess of Dhaka.’ The temple was originally built in the 12th century by Ballal Sen, a king of the Sena dynasty. Since 1966, it has been officially recognized as Dhakeshwari Jatiya Mandir, and is now a state-owned National Temple. According to tradition, the city of Dhaka was named after the goddess.