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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

NALANDA

There are in all eleven monasteries, sites and several chaitya sites that have been excavated. All them have extremely interesting finds for the ordinary visitor, not to speak of the student of archaeology.

For the students of temple history, a ruined stone temple, described in the Archaeological Survey of India Report as Stone Temple site No. 2, is of great importance. We would do well to quote the fine description of it given by Shri Ghosh: "Specially interesting here is the dado of 211 sculptural panels over the moulded plinth. These panels are symmetrically arranged, 20 appearing on each side of the main entrance and 57 in each of the three remaining walls.

The pilasters intervening between the panels are decorated with pot-and-foliage design and are surmounted by arches, some of them being pointed. There is a large variety of scenes depicted on them; human figures in variousattitudes; household scenes; kinnaras playing on musical instruments; Siva and Parvati separately or together-, Kartikeya on his peacock; the gods Agni, Kubera, Gajalakshmi; the child Gautama with his writing material; scenes of archery; the Kachchhapa Jataka: a human-headed bird with a foliated tail; makara designs; a snake charmer; geometrical and scroll patterns etc.

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