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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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PREFACE

This question arises because we see temples that are not very old, in which more ancient deities are installed. The temples of Lord Shiva at Deoghar (Santal Parganas district), at Singheshwarsthan (Saharsa district) and at Sonepur (Saran district) are instances. Legends and historic data definitely show that at many places the deities are more ancient than the temples.

The temples of Bihar do not all have the curvilinear sikharas that are said to be the common type throughout North India. The temples particularly in North Bihar are of a different type, while those in South Bihar usually follow the pattern of temples with sikharas. With the exception of the Buddha Gaya temple, which is built, of stone, and a few other temples, Bihar temples, as a rule, are not covered with sculpture from top to bottom. That is why they do not always present that splendid appearance which the temples of Bhubaneshwar or Kajuraho present. Some of the temples have remarkably, independent styles.

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