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This article provides information about the Kurkihar village in Bihar.


Location: Approximately 22 km from Gaya, Bihar
Highlights: Houses the ruins of a Buddhist monastery & a number of ancient artifacts

Kurkihar is a small village situated in the state of Bihar. It lies at a distance of approximately 22 km from the Gaya district. This large mound over which this village lies consists of the remains of a very old Buddhist Monastery. The village also boasts of two Hindu and is quite famous for a rich collection of Buddha statues and Bodhisattvas. Approximately 148 bronze artifacts were excavated from this area around the year 1930.

The excavated items consisted of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in all shapes and sizes, bells, stupas and a number of rituals objects. All the items that were unearthed exhibit the highest degree of workmanship. A sizeable number of items, excavated over the years, have been kept in one of the Hindus temples of the Kurkihar village in India. Amongst all the relics, the most splendid one is the statue of Akshobhya Buddha, placed just outside the entrance of the temple.

The temple is also adorned with fourteen calved pillars, which date back to the 9th century. Some of the antiquities excavated from Kurkihar have been put up on display in the Patna Museum, while some others are in the Indian Museum in Calcutta.

How to reach Kurkihar
Kurkihar can easily be reached from Gaya.

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