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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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SHAHABAD

There are a number of Jain images of the year 1554 in the Chandra Prabhu Chaityalaya built by Shri Chunni Lal. It is clear from the murtilekha of Mul Nayak Pratima of Chandra Prabhu that it was built in Aram Nagar, in Samvat 1562, Baisakha sudi astami. There is another image of Chandra Prabhu in the same temple bearing the date of installation as Baisakha sudi tija, 1533, and established by Jivaraja Papuriwal. Jivaraja Papuriwal is said to have installed one lakh Jain images throughout India and obviously this image is one of them.

There is a Jain temple in village Masar, 6 miles west of Arrah. Its murtilekha bears the date of Baisakha sudi chaudus, 1876. Masar is a place of antiquity. This is the Mo-ho-so-lo of Hiuen Tsang. Seven inscriptions prove that Mahasara was the ancient name of the present Masar nearly five hundred years old in the Jain temple at Parasnath. A large number of Brahmanical images have been found in this village and also the foundations of some old temples. The Jain temple completed in 1819 A.D. has eight Jain statues, on which there are seven inscriptions dating back to 1386 A.D., when some Rathor Jains of Marwar had settled down here.

Another figure of Parasnath has an inscription mentioning that Shri Shankar Lal of Aramnagar dedicated the image "during the prosperous English rule of Karusa- desa". This is of interest and shows that Shahabad district was identified with the ancient Karusha-desa of the Puranas. Aramnagar may have been Arrah. At present the Jains in Shahabad district are mostly confined to Arrah and Dehri-on- Sone, along with its part known as Dalmianagar.

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