is a much controversial temple. Eminent and world famous scholars,
archeologists and historians wrangled over it for long and produced
their own findings - some claiming
it to be a Buddhist Chaitya, and others refuting it established that
it was a Hindu temple dedicated to Koncheswara, one of the names of
Maheswar. As it resembles the famous Mahabodhi temple of Bodh Gaya,
the opinion of the scholars is not unanimous. Whatever may be the
verdict arrived at with colour glasses or no glasses, the temple is
an ancient one enshrining a Sivalinga, representing Maheswar. Its
tower, structural design and ornamentation resemble ancient Hindu
temples and it bears a striking resemblance to Dev and Umga temples
in Gaya district.
is a largely visited temple and pujas offered conform to the
Saivagama injunctions. During Sivaratri festival and other
auspicious days, thousands of locals and yatris participate in
several devotional activities with unprecedented religious zeal. A
mela conducted during Sivaratri festival lures lakhs of people. It
is a neglected one, and if adequate attention is paid by bringing it
under protected monuments, its glory once again touch . the
pinnacle to the contentment of devout Hindus.
lies about 25 km off Gaya on the Gaya Danbad National Highway and
accessible from Gaya railway station by four wheelers.