BHIMA GAYA, GO-PRACHARA, AND GADALOLA
- Documentation Sheet of Built Heritage/Site N.M.M.A., Archaeological Survey of India for Bhima Gaya, Go-prachara, and Gadalola
- Altars, Vedic
- Geographic coordinates (latitude, longitude)
- 24° 46' 32.60", 85° 0' 12.21"
- Brief history
- These places are linked to Gaya Mahatmya and are used as vedis for gaya-shraddha.
- Local tradition
- Mostly shraddha, but also pinda-dana, darshan
- Bhima Gaya: northeast of Mangala Gauri, about 50 steps down. Go-prachara: southwest of Mangala Gauri, about 30 steps down. Gadalola: across Gay-Bodh. Gaya road from Akshayavata
- Topographical features
Bhima and Goprachara are on the southwestern and northeastern, respectively, slopes of Bhasmakuta hill.
Gadalola is on the flat ground near Akshayavata.
- Bhima Gaya: inactive, but likely used in pitrapaksha. Go-pracara: slightly active, likely busy in pitrapaksha. Gadalol: appeared abandoned, but possibly active during pitrapaksha.
Bhima Gaya: Open courtyard with shrines in three corners.
Gopracara: housed in a 19th century structure with hoof marks on the rock
Gadalol: seems to be a new rectangular hall, with a small shrine located in the south east corner
- Gaya-Bodh Gaya road, turn right to Maranpur. These shrines are in vicinity of Akshayavata.
- Building materials
- Railway station
- Bus stand
- Conservation assessment
Bhima Gaya: needs immediate repair due to fallen tree.
Go-prachara: needs reconstruction and needs to be protected from encroachment
- Pandas (met 3 Pandas at Go-prachara )
- Present condition
- Bhima-Gaya needs to be maintained and cleaned.
- Omeka identifier
- Site number
- Two of these shrines are kept open. Go-prachara is under Pandas, who seemd concerned about encroachments at the edges of the shrines.
- Protection status
Bhima Gaya: left open
Go-prachara: priest here pointed to encroachment on the southern and eastern side by surrounding settlements.
Gadalola: left open
- Item sets