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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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Bihar
Somanatha

MUNDESVARI

The temple door facing the porch is a fine specimen of architecture with various figures of dancers and musicians. An inscription in two broken pieces was found and has been interpreted by some, as discussed later, to identify the origin of the temple to theyear 635 A.D. The inscription refers to Udayasena as the ruling chief and records various donations to Mandalesvara.

There is clear impress of the Gupta style on the carvings. The temple was literally rescued from the jungles and debris at the beginning of this century. The clearance of the jungle brought to light a number of ancients relies. On the eastern slope of the hill a number of statues and rock- carved figures were discovered. The relies make it clear that the hill was once the site for a 'cluster of temples and the Mundesvari temple, at the summit, must have been the main shrine.

It is very fortunate that Francis Buchanan, in his account of the District of Shahabad in 1812-13, has left a description of the Mundesvari temple and the tradition associated with it. Buchanan did not actually visit the place but sent a painter who drew a most remarkable likeness of it. Buchanan states. "The temple, now very ruinous, has been an octagon supported by four columns of an order common in Behar, and has had a porch supported by eight similar columns; having had four doors it is much lighterthan usual, although one of the doors is shut behind.

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