Imp. Arc Sites Page: 02.
Important Archaeological And Tourist Sites
- SAHURI DEEH
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.
- AURE DEEH
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.
- ROSHANHA DEEH
26 KM North - West from Begusarai district headquarters.
Mound – 300m x 275m x 2m
N.B.P., Black Slipped, Red ware, Red slipped, Grey.
Plate, water jar, cookware, Bowl, High neck dish.
- SANGHAUL DEEH
6 Kms westward from Begusarai headquarters. North of NH 31
Habitat ional mound, alluvial deposit Agricultural field in the western part.
Extended between N.H.-31 and railway track. The mound is situated to the south of government polytechnic college. Two black-stone sculpture of Buddha excavated (during construction) from this mound are placed in the K.P. Jaiswal Archaeological museum of G.D. college, Begusarai. Some other badly broken Pala Sculptures are placed in the Kali temple of Sanghaul Deeh. Another such sculpture of Asthanak Buddha excavated in 2004 during a personal construction work and was managed to be kept and displayed in the same above mentioned museum.
Black ware, red ware, Black polished ware, Black (out side), and Red (inside) ware.
Water jar, cookware, Storage vessels, Bowl.
It is one of the most important mounds near Begusarai town. The Popular current of river Ganga widely known as Devaki used to floe from the Northern end of this mound. The potshreds explored indicate the oldness of this site. The name it self suggest that it was a centre of Buddhism during Pala period. The finding of Asthanak Buddha and a votive stupa supports this opinion.
- GARHPURATEMPLES ( Thakurbari & ShivTemple )
32 K.M.North; North – East from Begusarai district headquarters.
The temple has a tradition of more than 400 years. The present Mahanth Ram Kumar Das jee is the 15th in the tradition. The temple follows a rectangular plan on a 1 m high platform. The base expands in an area of 20m x 20m with 10m wide courtyard and 20m x 10m2 main structures. The height is almost 10m. few Black stones and Astathatu sculpture are placed here.
- Sun, Blackstone (Placed in Court yard
H – 50 cm
W – 30 cm
The sun has been bought here from Jaimangal garh. Standing Sun holding lotus in two hands. Two female figures can be seen on each side.
L – 13 cm
W – 06 cm
Seems to be the plate of Saptarishi.
- HARIGIRI DHAM
Almost 1½ Kms. East to Garhpura,
34 K.M. North – East from Begusarai district headquarters.
This is a famous religious place in this region.
- Shiv Linga, Blacksto
- H – 35 cm.
- Diameter – 20 cm.
- It is a Mukhlinga having one face carved on the Linga.
- Saraswati, Blackstone
- MANIAPPA MOUND
07 Km. Sorth – East from Begusarai district headquarters.
River Ganga flows almost 5 Km. south from this mound
Mound – 200m x 100m x 8m.
This is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites close to the present bed of river Ganges. The thick habitations all around and the hemispherical top resembles to be some religious site. The present Bhumihar population has migrated here from Bihat as suggested by some residents here. The central part of the top has been cut which occupies a hemispherical shape of almost 30m. diameter. It is also full to potshreds deposit in stratus. Some coins also are said to be found during structural cutting here.
Unidentified defaced deity offering blessing to a younger/smaller one. Door panels (Broken) part of stele.
A number of broken black stone sculptures as well as broken pieces of stela and door frames are at present placed in the temple under a large old banyan tree, known as Chandika asthan. The tree itself seems to be almost 200 years old.
N.B.P., Black ware (plain & polished), Red black ware, Burnt, Black polished red ware, Red slipped.
Storage vessel, cookware, Bowl, Plate.
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