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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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KURKIHAR

Some well preserved sculptures had been removed by the local zamindar to his bungalow in the village, the mostinteresting of which is a relievo representing a teaching Bodhisatwa seated in the niche of rocks between two female attendants. In the frieze above are worshippers approaching a stupa with offerings, and the top of the relieve shows five Bodhisatwas each enshrined in a small niche.

The moulding below the lotus seat contains the usual Buddhist formula inscribed in characters of the Ninth or Tenth Century A. D. and the composition of the whole relievo, shows a curious resemblance to many of the products of Graeco-Buddhist art in Gandhara. The finds include fine figures of various deities, both Hindu and Buddhistic.

There is another collection of ancient sculptures in the courtyard of the temple of Bhagavati. One of them is a singularly beautifulfigure of the Buddha in meditation, which probably dates back to the Tenth Century A.D. At Punawan, 3 miles to the south-west, there are more Buddhist remains, but much has been destroyed by the villagers digging for bricks, and the remains of an ancient temple of Triloknath, which once stood here, have now been all carried away.

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