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Written by Suresh Bhatia   
Tuesday, 18 August 2009 12:32

The final portion I would like to include in this issue of Research papers in this issue on this web site will be Kolhua – the final site of what remains of a series of five Asokan pillars that have survived through the centuries. The site is about 5 km west of Basarh, better known as Vesali, the venue of the final rain retreat of the Buddha. During his lifetime, the Buddha visited the Licchivi capital on a number of occasions on his way to Kapilavastu, Sravasti or other kingdoms in the neighboring area. He spent two rain retreats in this kingdom. Kolhua was very much part of the Licchivi kingdom of Vesali and formed part of the kingdom.

The first British Archaeologist, according to James Princep who stated that as early as January 1784, Mr. Law had presented to the Asiatic Society of Bengal “A Short Account of Two Pillars to the North of Patna.” Later in 1814 a number of drawings done by an Indian Artist for J. R. Elphinston drew attention of the British Gentlemen to the Site. The first descriptive account was published in 1835 by Stephenson and Princep accompanied by drawings by Hodgson. Instead of publishing a detailed history of the site, we are bringing you a photo-gallery of pictures taken by the Peace Pilgrim. We sincerely hope you find them interesting..
Asoka Pillar at site


For any further information on the site please email: pilgrims.buddhistheritage [at]

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