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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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MAHESHI

It is, therefore, very difficult to find out what the borrowed elements, if any, are in the Tantras. They are so well-fitted into the system that they have lost their exotic character. Yet some stray references may be discovered in the Tantras to the borrowing of foreign modes of Sadhana. A particular mode of Tantric Sadhana called Cinacara is found in the Tantras. The Tara-Tantra, adopted both by Hinduism and Buddhism, says that the cult of Cinacara came from Maha Cina.

A well- known Brahmana sage Vasishtha is said to have gone to the country of Maha Cina to learn this mode of Sadhana from the Buddha. It was not to he found either in India or in Tibet. So Vasishtha had to go to Maha Cina, where the Buddha into the secret doctrine of Cinacara initiated him. He subsequently came back to India and propagated it. Some scholars are inclined to discover in this Cinacara a distant echo of the secret societies of Chia. It is tile cult of the Maha-Cina-Tara, which is introduced by tile Cinacara.

"Maha-Cina-Tara, as can be ascertained by the Buddhist, Sadhana, was the same Goddess Ekajata, whose cult is said to have been discovered by Siddha Nagarjuna in Tibet, The description of Ekajata is found in six different Buddhist Sadhanas. It closely agrees with that of Maha-Cina-Tara, as found in some of the Sadhanas.

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