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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




Mr. Cunningham has further mentioned that he considered the name of Kurkihar to be only a shortened form of Kurak Vihar, which certainly had reference to a monastery. In fact no Buddhist establishment had existed without a monastery and he presumes that the monastery of Kurkihar was known as Kukuta-Pada-Giri-Vihar or "Vihar of the Cocks' foot Hill."

Regarding the mountain, Fa-Hian's account is as follows:-

"The great chia-yeh (Kasyapa) is at present iii t1ii, mountain. He split the mountain to get in; the place where he entered will barely admit a man. Going down to a great distance there is a niche in which stands a full length image of chia-yeh. Outside the niche is the place where he used to wash his hands and the people of the district, if they have the headache, use the earth (from the spot) for plasters, and are at once cured.

Therefore, since that time there have been Loham on this mountain, and when the devotees of the neighboring country come yearly to make their offerings to chia-yeh, the Lohans appear bv night to the steadfast ones, converse with them, and resolve their doubts; they then suddenly vanish. On this mountain there are quantities of trees; also a great many lions, tigers, and wolves; so that travelers have to be cautious."

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