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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  
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Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

BENUSAGAR

Incidentally, it may be mentioned that there are a large number of stupas in the neighboring villages of Keshnagarh, Ruam and Itapukri. These -various places had or still have a number of ancient relies. Ruam has some old remains of a moat, tanks and an accumulation of ancient copper slag and all these indicate a township at one time.

About Ruam, L. S.S. O'Malley, the author of the old Singhbhum district gazetteer mentions: "It contains some remains which probably mark a former settlement of the Sravakas or lay Jains, though local tradition ascribes them to a Rajah called Ruam who is said to have a fort here. "   O'Malley is probably not -wrong, as Jainism had struck deep roots in Singhbhum along with Manbhum (now Purulia district).Singhbhum borders Kalinga (Orissa). There was active trade and commerce and a constant passage of pilgrims between Kalinga and these areas and the road to Kalinga passed through this region. Singhbhum was also included in the empire of Kharavela, the great Jain Emperor of Orissa.

Mahavira Vardhamana, the 24thTirthankara of Jainism, had passed through this area, visiting places in Manbhum and Singhbhum, district and then going to Orissa. Mahavira went to Kalinga, as the king of Kalinga was a friend of his father. An old Jain work, the Haribhadriya-Virtti, mentions this The Emperor Kharavela's famous Hathigumpha inscription has a reference to Gorathagiri (Barabar hills in Gaya), Rajagriha (Rajgir in Patna), and the Gangetic plains of Pataliputra.

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