Wall found in riverbed

A wall hitherto buried under the sands of the river Muhane and discovered by Chhath devotees this year may add to the list of historical sites in the district.

By Alok Kumar in Gaya
  • Published 1.11.17
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Gaya: A wall hitherto buried under the sands of the river Muhane and discovered by Chhath devotees this year may add to the list of historical sites in the district.

Some women from Binda village in Barachatti block, around 45km south of the Gaya district headquarters and around 150km south of Patna, noticed the wall when they had gone to take a dip in the Muhane on October 24, first day of Chhath. When some villagers removed the sand a wall was clearly visible.

Sherghati sub-divisional officer (SDO) Jyoti Kumar visited the site on getting information from the villagers. He informed Gaya district magistrate (DM) Kumar Ravi.

"I have sought a report from the Sherghati SDO," DM Ravi said on Monday. "After getting the report from the SDO, a letter will be sent to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for further course of action. Archaeological experts can determine the period to which the wall belongs to."

Local villagers believe the wall may be part of the ruins of the palace of the Kolhan kingdom that ruled the area around the 18th century. Kolhan was a tribe in Jharkhand, said Rajiv Kumar, a research scholar of history.

"The area of the Kolhan kingdom was spread up to Barachatti, which is on the border of Bihar and Jharkhand. Although it is a matter of verification by archaeology experts, it cannot be ruled out completely that the wall belongs to the Kolhan kingdom," he said.