BARAIPURA CHAMUNDA ASTHAN
14 Kms North from Begusarai district headquarters
Temple is said to be built almost 125-150 years ago.
Showing signs of deterioration
The old temple is made of bricks jointed by surkhi lime. There is no circumambulance (Pradakshina) or Verandaha. A black Chamunda is in the Garbha griha.
4m x 4 x 8m
Sculpture – Stone, Black, Pala
52cm x 1m
Two hands of the eight handed Devi are holding an elephant, Damru, vessel, dagger in three right hands which on left hand touches the lips and two other holding ’Danda’ and ‘ Munda’
Offering of ‘sindur’ is leaving signs of deterioration. Sculpture is intact.
BASAHA ASTHAN (BARAIPURA)
14 Km North from Begusarai district headquarters
The old temple is said to be built almost 125-150 years ago. A new temple has been constructed In the year 1990 around 5 meter ahead.
Etching and scratching while offering prayer.
A brick built temple has been made 5 m ahead of the old one. The present temple bears the size 7.6 X 7.6 m. The significance of this temple is the black stone Surya and Basaha put and being offered regular prayer in the Garvagriha of size almost 3m X 3m.
7.6 m x 7.6 m x 75 m
Sculptures – Stone, black, Pala
Sun – width – 52 cm, height 107 cm
Basaha – 107 cm length 42 cm width, 70 cm height
The sun is highly decorated. Two handed sun is accompanied by Usha and Pratyusha in the bottom. The lord is holding Lotus in his both hands.
Offering of sindur has left its impacts particularly on the sun.
10 Kms North – West from Begusarai district headquarters
The mound has completely got flattened due to continuous agricultural practices. There has been a dense habitation on the upper and middle parts of the mound.
Extended in almost 5 Bighas
Mound - 150m x 100m x 4m
cookware, water jar, plates.
Mica dusting on few potshreds, collared lip.
Sahuri deeh is almost 2 km south-east from Chanan. Inhabitation might be later in respect to Chanan. The pot ware explored from this site is remarkable. Few pieces of potshreds have thin lineal decoration on the exterior. One particular piece has two sets of five parallel lines on the exterior having leaf punching between them. Another has black and red colored rings on the exterior.
10 km North-West from Begusarai district headquarters
At present no habitation can be seen. The inhabitational site has shifted 2 Km south. The villagers have tried to level the mound from three sides. Only the top most central part has remained intact. A 4 Km wide channel touches its western end.
Mound – 225m x 175m x 8 m
Grey ware, N.B.P. ware, Black ware, Red ware, Orangies ware, Black (inner) and Red (upper) ware.
Water jar, storage vessel, Bowl, glass, cooking vessel, Tub, Plate, Lid, Single mouthed sprinkler.
The topology of this site is remarkable. The streams of Chanan seem to encircle the mound. The
Birpur mound is to the northern side from this site. The mound has been flattened on the top due to agricultural practices throughout the year. Finding of lipped and collared potware of fine fabric is remarkable. Grey ware and N.B.P. ware pots indicate its richness and oldness. The Jhanjh Bridge is towards the east- north from this site.
BASAHA ASTHAN MOUND
14 Km North from Begusarai district headquarters
The mound has a remarkable landscape having two ponds one each toward its northern and western ends. The north-west could be its peak from where one can experience the gradual sloping. The eastern part of the mound has deep cut throughout meant for leveling the agricultural land. Remains of an old dig well can be seen in this part.
Mound – 140m x 112m x 4 m
Red ware, Oranges ware, (Pots herds) only
Water jar, cooking vessel, Plate, Bowl, thick storage vessel.
There used to be a small hut like temple almost 5 m from the present structure around 125 – 150 years ago. During the construction of the present western fencing of the newly built temple in or around 1990, the remains of a structure was found almost 1 m deep in the foundation which was ultimately covered by the villagers. It is possible that the structure would be the remains of the old temple complex icons of which were later found from the tank, west to the temple. The mound might be associated with a group of temples. The sculpture of Vishnu, Sun, Basaha, Chamunda and Shiva Ling, found from or around this mound suggest that it had been a worship centre of Brahmin, Shiva and shakta followers.
12 Km North from Begusarai district headquarters
It is a big mound. The top is intact to some extent. Agriculture practices has been done through out the years. The middle part of the mound is inhabited with market and habitation.
Red ware, Oranges ware, Black ware, Black upper and Red (Inner) ware.
Water jar, cooking vessel, storage vessel, Plates.
It is one of the richest mounds of the district. The excavation of this site conducted in 2004 by A.I.H. and Archaeological department of G.D. College, Begusarai, with the permission granted by A.S.I., brought in light the existence of six cultural sequences. The archaeological remains collected from this site seem backing up the possibilities of this place being a famous trading centre right from Kushanas to Turk Afgan.
10 Kms North from Begusarai district headquarters
Sculpture showing signs of deterioration.
Newly built temple/Structure bearing ‘Tara’ in the Garbhagriha.
Sculpture – Stone, Black, Pala.
25cm x 50 cm
A fine piece of Pala sculpture i.e. Tara is put in the newly built Temple/Structure and being offered prayer by the villagers as “Bhairav – Baba”. ‘Pancha Dayani’, Buddha decorated in the crown. The superb piece of antiquity is intact.
34 KM North-West from Begusarai district headquarters
Mound - 300 x 270 x 1½m
Red ware, Red polished, Black, Black slipped.
Plate, water jar, Bowl, Storage ware, cook ware, lineal.
26 KM North-West from Begusarai district headquarters
Mound - 300 x 100 x 1½m
N.B.P., Red polished, Black ware, Red ware.
Plate, water jar, cookware, Bowl.
26 KM North - West from Begusarai district headquarters.
Mound – 300m x 275m x 2m
Red ware, N.B.P., Black Slipped, Red slipped, Grey.
Plate, water jar, cookware, Bowl, High neck dish.
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