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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
Major Sections
Temples  & Legends Of India
Himachal Pradesh




At one time there must have been hundreds of Buddhistic images, in various postures and with wonderful sculpture, literally strewn about. The delicate execution of images in the Pala period is amply illustrated by a large number of finds, particularly at Kurikhar village. General Cunningham has mentioned that the site of Kurkihar is Kukuta-Pada-Giri or "

Hill of the Cocks feet described by the two Chinese Pilgrims, Fa Hian (Fourth Century A. D.) and Hiuen Tsang, (Seventh Century A.D.). Cunningham has further mentioned that the true name of Kurkihar was Kurak- vihar, as the Sanskrit Kukkuta was then represented by the Hindi forms Kukkar and Kurak.

Mr. Beal has suggested that Mr. Cunningham confounded the Vihar of the Cocks' feet, which was just outside the city of Pataliputra, with the "Hill of the Cocks' feet", which, according to Hiuen Tsang, was 16 miles to the east of Gaya. Fa Hian himself had made a mistake in placing the Cocks' Feet Hill at only 3 li or half a mile to the south of Pataliputra.'Mr. Beal corrected this to 3 yojanas or 21 miles. But the actual distance is over 50 miles.

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