Excavations at Kumhrar in Patna

If you are a student of history then you must visit the excavations at kumhrar (also spelled as Kumrahar) in Patna, the capital of Bihar. The capital of the eastern state of Bihar was once the capital of ancient India. Patna was once known as Patliputra and was the capital of the mighty king ‘Ashoka the Great’ of the Mauryan dynasty. Ashoka was one of India’s most powerful rulers during 269 BC to 232 BC whose empire stretched from the Hindu Kush Mountains in Afghanistan to today’s Bangladesh in the east and from Indian state of Assam to the South of India.

Ancient Patliputra
Story of ancient Patliputra at Kumhrar

Archaeological excavations have been found at Kumhrar of the Mauryan period dating around 322-185 BC. I recently visited this place and took some photographs. Although the site appeared nothing more than a lover’s hangout and was not able to make out if any of the people knew what it was. In addition, I thought that the place had not been preserved to a high standard. However, the government of Bihar do promote school trips to this site to encourage students to learn about the ancient history and culture of India.

One striking piece of excavation was one of the pillars of the King Ashoka’s assembly hall that was supposed to have 80 pillars. Some historians have suggested that this was the very hall where the “Third Buddhist Council” was held in 250 BC under the patronage of Emperor Asoka.

Although I haven’t seen many foreign tourists here, but I highly recommend it to those interested in the history and culture of India. Other places to visit in Bihar include Bodh Gaya where Buddha lived and preached, Pawapuri and Rajgir where both Buddha and Mahavira (founder of Jainism) lived and preached. Large number of tourists especially from Japan and other Buddhist countries come to Bihar for pilgrimage particularly Bodh Gaya and Rajgir, they might find this place interesting. You can find more about Bihar at my social networking site YouBihar.

The excavations of Kumhrar are located about 5 km of east from Patna Railway Station and entrance fees are 5 Rupees for Indian tourists and 100 rupees from foreign tourists.

Pillar at Kumhrar
The Pillar at Kumhrar
Surrounding gardens of Kumhrar
Surrounding gardens of Kumhrar
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Aryogya Vihar

 

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Shalu Sharma is a blogger and a writer from Bihar, India. She is the founder of YouBihar, the Bihar social networking site and writer on tourism in India. Apart from blogging, she is also a mother who does cooking and washing. She also watches movies and read other blogs. You can follow her on .

24 thoughts on “Excavations at Kumhrar in Patna

  • January 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm
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    Wonderful pictures Shalu!

    Never heard of Kumhrar, so this surely is new for me. However, it’s always a pleasure to learn about new places and visit them. Though I am not a history student, but I love visiting old places as they take you back in time and you get to learn so much about the way people must have lived way back then.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. 🙂
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    • January 27, 2013 at 9:36 am
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      Hi Harleena
      Kumhrar is not the most popular of destinations. Very few tourists ever go there, mostly those interested in religious history.
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  • January 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm
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    The beauty of India never ceases to amaze me. Those are some beautiful pictures.

    One question, what was the pillars used for? You may have said it, but I am interested.

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    • January 27, 2013 at 9:39 am
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      Michael
      The pillar found at Kumhrar was one of the many pillars that was part of a hall supposedly where the meetings where held.
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  • January 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm
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    Hi Shalu Jee

    Great Pics!

    ASI has done a great job.I think they need to preserve this now, else it will surely going to be littered.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Sapna

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    • January 27, 2013 at 9:41 am
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      Sapna, I agree completely that they need to preserve the place. Thank you for comment.
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  • January 27, 2013 at 3:50 am
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    First time I am seeing any article on tourism in Patna . It seems a nice place with historical excavations. Added in my list .

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    • January 27, 2013 at 9:45 am
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      If you come to Patna then there are many places that you can go to including Gaya and Rajgir. Thanks for comment.
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  • January 27, 2013 at 8:04 am
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    Hi Shalu ji,

    Thanks for letting us know about this place. I have never heard about Kumhrar before.But yes your article gave a little glimpse of Bc’s and that era.

    Thank You
    Shorya Bist
    From Youthofest

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  • January 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm
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    Hi Shalu jee.
    I am from Bihar but stayed maximum time out of Bihar also not go home posting during the total service period in Indian Air Force.Though i Have visited so many tourist places in the state including Sher Shah Tomb at Sasaram , Bihar .Thanks for Kumhrar historical importance pic described by you.

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  • January 29, 2013 at 2:56 am
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    That was really a great experience and I really appreciate the place of India it is quite peaceful but beautiful.
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  • January 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm
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    Lots of places of Buddhist importance there, na. Very nice.

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  • February 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm
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    Hi Shalu,
    I never knew about this place. Kumhrar certainly has a rich history and culture to its credit. The pictures of the place are awe-inspiring. Thanks for the share.

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  • February 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm
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    You know India was never on my list of places to visit. But it seems that I’ve been missing on. Nice story.

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  • July 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm
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    Always nice to read about places with rich history. Thanks for sharing Shalu!

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  • September 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm
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    Thanks for finally writing about > Excavations at Kumhrar in Patna capital of Bihar < Loved it!

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  • December 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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    Wonderful post. who can forget Ashoka..Nevertheless, one of the most promising leader of Asia of Ancient History. I am making a plan to visit the place in 2015 let’s see what happen.

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