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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

MUNDESVARI

This ancient temple owes a lot to the Archaeological Department of India. Luckily, T. Bloch visited the Mundesvari temple at the beginning of this century and recorded his impression, published in the Annual Report (for 1902) of the Archaeological Survey, Bengal Circle, as follows:

"The temple was built entirely of stone, and is now in a very ruinous state. Many of the stones have fallen down, and now form huge piles around the temple. I am afraid, to bring it into proper repair would be a very costly matter and I have for this reason not yet submitted a special report on it. But I intend doing so later on, as Hindu temples of such a high antiquity are very rare, especially in this province, and as, for this reason, it seems desirable to have the building tested by anexperienced architect, who would be able to pronounce an opinion as to what can be done to it, and at what cost. My statement with regard to the age of the temple, is based partly on the form of the writing which is found all along the way up to the temple incised on the rock, evidently pilgrims' records, partly oil the style of its carvings and various ancient statues, found among the debris around the temple.

Among the latter I observed a statue of Shiva, which still shows the phallic emblem of the God. As I have observedpreviously, this is decidedly a sign of antiquity, for, in later periods, this mark was left out in statues of the God. Inside the temple now stand a largeChau-mukhi Mahadeo, and a statue of Durga, both of later date than the temple. Various other remains, partly of brick buildings, are seen all along the eastern slope of the hill, also some rock- carvings, apparently of ancient times."

The Public Works Department has done some repairs to the temple. This Department irrespective of the original position of the ceiling has constructed the present roof.

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