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Temples & Legends Of Bihar
Index Of Bihar Kulapati's Preface
Preface Author
Phulher Ma Paudi
Benusagar Mandar Hill
Sultanganj Konch
Mundesvari Parasnath
Vaisali Nalanda
Patan Devi Aranya Devi
Shahabad Sonepur
Uchaitha Kurkihar
Masarh Maheshi
Jagarnathpur Harmandir
Deoghar Singheshwarsthan
Mahabodhi  
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

BENUSAGAR

The exceptions are small naked figure which, from its evident resemblance t Jaina figures, I take to be Jaina; and a seated figure, Wit the hands in the attitude of teaching, resembling: figure of Buddha and, like many of them, with his head covered by little curls. That this figure is Buddhist, its general re semblance to figures of Buddha inMagadh lead me to believe; still there is nothing impossible in its being Jaina With these two exceptions, all the figures are Brahmanical and almost exclusively Saivic, Ganesh, Kali,Mahisasuri Devi etc., fragments of these being frequent.

A remarkable piece of sculpture, of curious and excellent execution and very spirited design, represents the forepart of an elephant elaborately ornamented. The elephant is kneeling, and evidently formed either a pedestal of a figure or projected from the plinth near the entrance of some one of the numerous temples, in a manner similar to the projecting figures of  elephants in other parts of India. The excellence of execution and design of this piece of sculpture entitles it to a place in any museum."

It is extremely unfortunate that, since Beglar wrote, there has been a further deterioration of the sculpture and many of the images are said to have disappeared. Benusagar and its surrounding area had once evidently played a very great role in the history of Jainism, Buddhism and Brahmanism. The low mounds of bricks found at Benusagar are obviously stupas so well-known in Jain and Buddhistic shrines.

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