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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  
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Andhrapradesh
Maharastra
Kerala
Himachal Pradesh
Tamilnadu

Bengal

Assam
Bihar
Somanatha

PREFACE

She appears to be Khadiravani Tara. Khadiravani Tara, or the saviouress of the Khadira (catechu) forest, is an emanation of the Dhyani Buddha Amoghasiddhi, who is taken to be a condensation of the Green cosmic color. In order to show her origin, the Khadiravani deity usually has, on her crown, a miniature figure of her sire with the Abhaya Mudra. Khadiravani is two-armed, showing the Varada Mudra in the right hand and Utpala (night lotus) in the left and is accompanied by the two goddesses Asokakanta Marici and Ekajata. Sometimes the companion deities are not present. #

It is, indeed, very interesting to find that for centuries the worship of one form of Tara has been substituted for another form of that deity. This is, no doubt, a matter for research and one who goes deep into the study of the temples and legends will find many such cases of transposition. When we say Durga image in Bihar, it may mean, in common parlance, the image of any one of several Hindu female deities.


# See Dr. B. Bhattacharji's Buddhist Iconography (Calcutta Firm K. L. Mukhopadhaya).

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