Kumhrar and other excavations Patna

Patna has witnessed the rise and fall of many historical dynasties. Many rulers have left their indelible mark through through their art and architecture. Kumhrar and Didarganj Yakshi are two such important historical sites:

Kumhrar


Kumhrar or Kumrahar was once the capital of Ajatshatru, Chandragupta and Ashoka. It is located at a distance of 5 km in the east of Patna railway station. The ruins of various dynasties were found here during the excavations.

Kumrahar in Patna


80 pillared hall
The most famous artifact that was found by the excavators is the hypo style 80–pillared hall, now called as the Assembly Hall of 80-pillars. At the time of excavation, they found 80 ‘pits’ of ash and rubble on the site which marked the position in which other pillars must have stood. Some say that under the reign of Emperor Ashoka Maurya, the third Buddhist Council was held here. 

Anand Bihar
This is the excavation of the brick Buddhist monastery , along with the wooden beams and clay figures , which are kept for public display in the park.
Arogya Vihar
arogya viharThe existence of Arogya Vihar was found in this region during the excavation. Dhanvantari, an Indian medical practitioner was its head. Arogya Vihar is believed to be the source of Ayurveda. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has increased the plantation of herbal plants like aloe vera, tulsi, lemon grass etc in the garden of Arogya Vihar.
Durakhi Devi Temple
The excavations were done by Wadell in 1890, which exposed a two faced carved stone railing of a stupa. The name given was Durukhi or Durukhiya , which actually a specimen of the Sunga Art. The figures are seen to break the branches of the trees (Shalabhanjikas), under a fertility ritual.  These were later brought to the location of Naya Tola , at Kankarbagh and worshipped also , in a temple like structure. A replica of the figures are kept in the Patna Museum.

Fee: Rs 5 from Indian citizen and Rs 100 from foreign tourists and Rs 35 in the form of monthly pass is charged from morning walkers.

Students’ trips: Darshan Yojana, a scheme organised by the state government under which the students are taken to the site to gather knowledge about their civilization and culture.


Didarganj Yakshi

didarganj Yakshi statueDidarganj Yakshi, is one of the most remarkable piece of Mauryan art. It is also called the Chauri bearer.It is 2300 years old, and possibly made during the reign of Ashoka , the Great. The statue is made from a single piece of sandstone, brought from Chunar., near Patna. The lady is wearing heavy ornaments and also holding a Chauri , in her right hand. The perfection of the statue mesmerizes the beholder. It was excavated from Didarganj, on the banks of the Ganges River. The statue has won the appreciation for its wonderful design. It is currently kept in the sculpture section of Patna museum. It is one of the best collection of the museum of Patna.


The statue is now well preserved in the Patna Museum.

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