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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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Temples  & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
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Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
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Bengal

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Bihar
Somanatha

MAHESHI

Corresponding to these Goddesses we find in the Hindu pantheon Tara, Ugra Tara, Ekajata and Maha-Nila- Saraswati. The Dhyanas of these Goddesses, as found in the Hindu Tantra, literally correspond to those found in the Buddhist Sadhana. According to a legend recorded in the Somoha Tantra, Nila-Saraswati or Ugratara was born in a lake like Cola on the western side of Mount Meru. This name Cola is probably to be connected with kul, kol the common word For lake to the west and north of the Tien-Shan in the pure Mongolian zone."

Dr. Benoytosh Bhattacharya, in his Introduction to Buddhist Esoterism, has further observed on the cult as follows: -

"The origin of Tara is neither Hindu nor Buddhist; but it is of Tibetan extraction. Not only the deity is foreign but also her worshipand practices connected there with are foreign. The evidences of the Hindu- Tantras also point to the same direction. In the Taratantra, for instance, we read Bhairavi wishing to know from hercondition the way in which Buddha and Vasishtha obtained siddhi. Bhairava, in reply said that by muttering the mantra of Ugratara, Buddha and Vasishtha obtained Siddhi."

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