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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

Considering the distance of one yojana and the direction mentioned it would appear that Fa-Hian had actually gone through the Sonepur region to reach Pataliputra. Vaishali, so very famous in Buddhist and Jain religions, is within twenty miles of Sonepur. A large number of ancient relies have been found in Vaishali, which is claimed by a large section of the Jainas as the birth-place of Mahavira Vardhamana, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism. Buddha had also passed this way.

TEMPLE OF HARIHARNATH

The origin of the Shiva temple at Sonepur known as Hariharnath is shrouded in mystery. A large section of orthodox Hindus believe that Rama built the temple on his way to Janakpur to win Sita. There is, however, no reference to this in the Ramayana. But that Rama passed this way is established. It is a fact that the whole of Tirhut division is imbued with the Rama- Sita cult and there are a large number of temples throughout the Tirhut division, consisting of Champaran, Saran, Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga (Mithila) districts, which commemorate the deeds of Rama, Sita, Valmiki, etc. It may be correct to assume that this Hariharnath temple might have originated in this manner.

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