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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

The Aphsad and Shahpur inscriptions, along with the Mandar Hill and Deoghar inscriptions definitely indicate Adityasena's sovereignty in eastern Bihar and the South. Numerous images have inscriptions too, as, for instance, the Kurkihar images. There is no doubt that these inscriptions are of great value and will yield rich historical material.

It will be of some interest to note that a close scrutiny will reveal that many purely Buddhist images are now worshipped as Hindu Gods, though in iconographic details they do not conform to those of the latter deities. Big statues of the Buddha in Gaya district are worshipped as Vairabah or as other deities of the Hindu pantheon, while at Koluha (Hazaribagh district) Jain images are worshipped as Hindu deities. The famous image worshipped as Ugratara at Maheshi village, referred to in the text, is really not the image of Ugratara. Iconographic tradition would have it that Ugratara has a fearful attitude with a garland of human heads on her neck and with her feet resting on a dead body. The image at Maheshi temple does not show any of these details.

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