Kurkihar is 22 km from Gaya in the state of Bihar. The place is significant because of findings of several statues of Buddha and Bodhisattvas, which suggest that the place had significance due to Buddha. On the tour of Kurkihar, you will come across the remains of the ancient Buddhist Monastery and two Hindu temples.
The large mound over which lies this village is the remains of an ancient Buddhist Monastery. The village of Kurkihar became famous after 1930 when 148 bronze artifacts were excavated from this mound. These antiquities consisted of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in all shapes and sizes, bells, stupas and rituals objects and are specimen of the finest workmanship. On of the two Hindu temples at Kurkihar has an extensive collection of Buddhist sculptures found in that region. The best among these is a statue of Akshobhya Buddha just outside the entrance of the temple. The temple is notable for the 14 carved pillars dating back to about the 9th century AD.
Some of the antiquities excavated from Kurkihar are now exhibited in the Patna Museum and some in the Indian Museum in Calcutta. Hajipur is recommended for people on tour of Buddhist Sites in Bihar.
How to Reach
Kurkihar can be reached from Gaya by bifurcating at a distance of 3 km off the main Gaya-Rajgir road just past the village of Wazirganj.
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