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Bihar - Champaran

Lauria Nandangarh (West Champaran)

 
Accessibility :
Nearest Rail head- Betiah
Nearest Airport- Patna
By Road- 26 kmsfrom Betiah, 71 kmsfrom Motihari, 155 kms from Muzaffarpur
 

Accommodation : Private hotels, Dharam-shala available on moderate charges at Betiah.

 
A village in the Bettiah sub­division about 24 kms. north­west of Bettiah, which contains some of the most interest remains in the district viz. the lion pillar of Ashoka and some ancient sepulchural monds.
 
The Pillars shaft is formed of a single block of stone stands less than half a km. to the east of the village is a polished sand stone Ashokan Pillar 32 ft and 9ft. 1/2 inches in height, with a diameter at base of 35.5 inches and of 26.2 inches at top. The capital which is 6 ft 10 inches in height, in bell shaped, with a circular Betiah abacus supporting the statue of a Patna lion. The column has a light and elegant appearance, and is altogether more pleasing monument than the shorter and stauter pillar of Bakhra. The lion has been injured in the mouth, and the column has itself been slightly dislodged by the stock.
 
The pillar is much thinner and much lighter than those of Bakhra and Areraj. The weight of the polished portion of its shaft is only 18 tons, or rather less than half than that of the Bakhra pillar and somewhat more than half of the Areraj pillar. The Pillar is inscribed with the edicts of Ashoka in the same clear and beautifully - cut characters on those of the Areraj pillar.
 
 
Kesaria (East Champaran)
 
Accessibility :
Nearest Rail head- Chakia (N.E.Rly)
Nearest Airport - Patna(140kms)
By Road - 54 kmsfrom Motihari 22 kmsfrom Chakiya 74 kmsfrom Muzaffarpur
 

Accommodation: Private hotels, Dharamshalas avilable at motihari on moderate charges and at Hotel Likshwi Vihara in Muzaffarpur.

 

Two miles to the south stands a lofty brick mound copped by a solid brick tower of considerable size, which itself is a remains of a Buddhist stupa. The mound itself is a ruined circumference at its base, while the stupa which is in ruins, a diameter of 68 ft at its base and a total height of 5!/2 ft. originally it was crowned by pinnacle which must have stood 80 or 90 ft. above the ground, General Cummingham was of opinion that it dates back to AD 200 to 700. and that it was built upon the ruins of a much older and larger stupa. This ancient monument is known to the people as the deora of Raja Ben, who is said to have been one of the five supreme Emperors of India and is therefore admired Raja Ben Chakarbarty. It can hardly be doubted that the tradition of Raja Ben preserves the story recorded by Hiuen Tsiang, according to whose account this stupa was referred to a Chakaravarty Raja by the Buddhist of the 7th century.

 
This stupa is in fact, one to the many memorable stupa remark­able event in the life of Buddha.
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Most Popular Places to       see in Bihar
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  • »Aurangabad
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  • »Bodhgaya
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  • »Champran
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  • »Muzaffarpur
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  • »Nalanda
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  • »Patna
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  • »Sasaram
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