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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

Banerjee's view was not, however, shared by others. The epigraphy was not a part of the temple and need not have been its contemporary. Mr. N. G. Mazumdar* studied the paleographical peculiarities of the inscription and referred the year 30 to the Gupta era 318-19 A. D., and held the date of the inscription to be 348-49 A.D.

Dr. D. R. Bhandarkar, in the list of North Indian Inscriptions, No. 1257, p. 170 and fu. 4, indicated that he was not much in favor of assigning it to theSeventh Century A.D. and his remarks rather indicate that he considered the inscription to be much earlier than the Fourth Century A.D.Dr. K. C. Panigrahi appears to have correctly related the three names in the inscriptions, namely, Narayana, Vinitesvara and Mandalesvara. He takes them to be the names of three separate deities and finds in the inscription indications of three periods in the religious history of the shrine.

According to him, originally it was a Vaishnava shrine with Narayana as the presiding deity, succeeded near about Seventh Century A.D. by Shaivism and Vinitesvara, originally a subsidiary deity that became the pre-ready siding deity of the Place. In course of time, Mundesvari or a Mahisamardini image was installed when Shaktism had supplanted Shaivism. Mandalesvara clearly means the Lord or the presiding deity of the mandala (district or territory) and the ending isvara cannot have the same significance as it has in the names of Siva. Narayana mentioned in the inscription cannot be one and the same deity as Mandalesvara.

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