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Navagraha wheel, Kichang, Singhbhum District

Navagraha wheel, Kichang, Singhbhum District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(496)

Item number: 1003496

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a Navagraha (nine planets) wheel found at Kichang in Bihar, taken by Joseph David Beglar in around 1874-76. Beglar wrote in the Archaeological Survey of India Report for those years (Vol XIII), "Kichang is a large village near the junction of the Kairabandhana and Kantakara Rivers; the ruins are situated all round it, but chiefly at the eastern end, just outside the village; the remains on the west and south are mere heaps of cut stone and brick...the great group near the village is the one of the greatest interest and antiquity...Close to the group are several other little mounds and statues; some of these have a certain resemblance to Buddhist sculpture, but nevertheless are Brahmanical: one in particular, a wheel...I took at first sight to be undoubtedly Buddhist but examination showed me that it contained figures of the Navagraha ranged around the rim."

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