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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
Major Sections
Temples & Legends Of India
Himachal Pradesh




In 1945 a Vaisali Sangh was organized to revive the ancient glory of Vaisali. The Sangh has taken great interest in cleaning up the large tank, know as the Bawan Pokhar, in the village. Several statues have been dug out of this tank. Local tradition has it that there were 52 tanks, and that Basarh was the residence of the Puranic Bali Raja.

Vishnu appeared here in the fourth incarnation in the shape of a dwarf, and asked Bali Raja for as much ground as he could cover with his three feet. Two of his feet covered heaven and earth, and the third he placed on the head of Bali Raja and sent him hurtling into hell as punishment for his great pride. The villagers believe in the legend that the Bawan Pokhar was the scene of this occurrence.

It may also be mentioned that within three miles of Vaisali there is an Asoka pillar, without any inscription, at Kaluha village. The pillar is a monolith supporting a square pedestal on which a lion is carved in stone. The shaft in the single block of polished stone stands 22 feet high above the ground and the remainder is below the ground.

A finely executed lion with a snarling mouth sits facing north at the top of the pillar. There is some Buddhist a statue nearby, of which one is a large image of a seated Buddha with a crown and necklace. There are also some mounds in the neighborhood.All these appear to prove that Kaluha was a part of Vaisali. The modern temple erected near the tank Bawan Pokhar is expected to revive the ancient glory of Vaisali.

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