ADI GAYA, DHAUTPADA, AND MUNDAPRSHTHA DEVI (SITE 3-1)
- Adi Gaya, Dhautpada, and Mundaprshtha devi
- Brief history
- Adi-gaya is supposed to be the oldest place in Gaya. It has a stone upon which pinda-dana is performed. Dhautapada seems like an early modern construction. Mundaprishtha has early medieval sculptures.
- Local tradition
- Shraddha, pinda-dana
Adi-Gaya: Yellow plastered brick courtyard, divided into several spaces on different levels, to the east of shikhara temple with a two-story single chamber design. There is an open square immediately in front of temple. In front of courtyard, to the east, is a small mandapa with six pillars five feet high, two with carvings.
Dhautpada: Square-roofed platform with natural stone emerging from the floor, with a roof of stone sheets and steel beams.
Mundaprishtha: Single chamber with open rectangular courtyard, south of which was an open space for pilgrims to perform their pinda-dana and stay.
- Southwest of Vishnupad Temple over top of adjoining hill
- Geographic coordinates (latitude, longitude)
- 24°46'37.76", 85°00'24.12"
- Through settlement to the southwest of Vishnupad Temple
- Railway station
- Bus stand
- Topographical features
- On top of adjoining hill
- Building materials
Adi Gaya: Under someone’s control, but appears abandoned
Dhautpada: appears abandoned.
Mundaprishtha: active worship.
- Key to Adi-Gaya was with family living next door. Dhaut-pada shows no signs of ownership. Mundaprishta under control of pujari, Manju Tiwari.
- Protection status
- Adi-Gaya and Mundaprstha devi were well-protected. Dhaut-pada unprotected.
- Conservation assessment
- All three need conservation, especially Adi-Gaya.
- Altars, Vedic
- Omeka identifier
- Present condition
- Adi-Gaya is dilapidated. Dhaut-pada is in good shape but appears to be unmaintained. Mundaprstha devi is well protected
- Item sets