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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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Somanatha

SONEPUR

Sonepur has the legend that this was the actual place where, in pre-historic times, the fight ended between the lords of the forest and the water, Gaj and Grah- the elephant and the crocodile. According to the Srimad Bhagwat Purana, there was a vast lake round the Trikut hill, which had, as the name implies three towering peaks, crowned with dense forest and infested with wild animals.

There lived a huge crocodile in this lake. An elephant came with a herd to the tank to have a bath. The crocodile caught the elephant by the leg and tried to drag him into deeper water. The elephant gave a stiff resistance. The struggle continued for a thousand years and ultimately all the elephants and the crocodiles joined in the contest. The elephant, beginning to weaken, prayed to the supreme god Hari, to help him. His prayer was heard and Hari saved him from the grip of the crocodile in the presence of Hara and other gods.

In Hindu mythology the crocodile is deemed to have been in its previous birth a Gandharva chief named Huhu. Huhu went to bathe in this lake with a party of Gandharva women and, it is said, in a truculent manner he caught a holy sage by the leg.

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