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Syamaleshwar is located in Dantan, south of Kharagpur, on the south bound railroad to Orissa. It is located very close to the border and the temple displays a profound Oriyan influence.

Dantan is said to have been an active center of trade, on the pilgrim route to Puri from Bengal, attracting a lot of travellers. Although Dantan was a thriving center during the period of Chaitanya, it is locally said that the religious leader halted here on his way to Puri and brushed his teeth here, hence the name Dantan.

In this village are two tanks, the Vidyadhar and the Sarasankha tank. The Vidyadhar tank is said to have been created by the minister of the ruler Pratapa Rudra of Warangal.

The temple is representative of the Oriyan temple culture. Facing the temple is a large Nandi, now in a damaged state.